Well, it’s another step towards the fight that nobody believed would happen…
Since Conor McGregor’s first title win in the UFC, a steady course towards a boxing debut began. After defeating Jose Aldo with an epic 13-second knockout, McGregor started trash talking Floyd Mayweather.
Initially it was believed that talk would be the extent of this rivalry, but little did we know it would go so much further. Less than two years later, we are essentially on the brink of the boxing match becoming a reality.
Mayweather vs. McGregor Updates
Earlier this month it was announced that Conor McGregor had signed the contract. UFC president Dana White had brokered the deal said to be worth around $100 million per fighter.
Of course the UFC will be taking their cut of ‘The Notorious’ side of the deal, but that figure is anyone’s guess. According to a report on LowKickMMA, we now also have a venue and date for the much-anticipated clash:
Viva Las Vegas
To add more fuel to the fire, Mayweather has reserved an August 26, 2017 date at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s event calendar.
“Mayweather Promotions will promote a professional boxing event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. This event will be televised on Showtime.”
The former UFC featherweight and current lightweight champion McGregor also teased fans with this Instagram post:
McGregor has also applied for his Nevada boxing license. For fans thinking that the commission might not grant him a license because he hasn’t boxed before, think again. Clearly there’s too much money at stake for Nevada to turn down:
NSAC boss Bob Bennett told Boxing News Online during an exclusive interview:
“It’s definitely an approvable fight,” he told Boxing News. “This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, it is a bit of an anomaly, it’s unusual because both fighters are phenomenal fighters.
“But back in August of 1957 Floyd Patterson fought Pede Rademacher, Rademacher was making his pro debut, and they fought for the world heavyweight title. Patterson won by KO in the sixth round. So even though this would be Conor’s pro debut as a boxer, there is some precedence, but this would be the first time we see two fighters at this level, one from the MMA world and one from boxing, having a fight.”
“He’s proven that he can fight as a stand-up fighter. I’ve seen some tape of him boxing, I’m sure I’ll get an updated version of his skill-set as a fighter. I certainly think he’s worthy of being approved to fight Floyd Mayweather. His UFC background is critical in approving this fight.”
“One of the critical things you have to take into account; Conor’s a phenomenal athlete,” he continued.
“When you go back, he took up kickboxing at the age of 12. As a youth he became an All-Ireland boxing champion. He goes to the UFC, of course he had several [MMA] fights before that, and while he’s with the UFC he’s 21-3 with 17 of those wins coming via knockout or TKO.
“He’s a stand-up fighter, he’s a southpaw, he hits like a tonne of bricks, he’s got a great jaw, he’s 5’ 9’’ and he’s got a reach of 74 inches. If you take a look at his wins in the UFC, they’re predominantly from striking [punching] and if you take a look at the fact he was able to move from 145[lbs] to 155 to 170, he’s displayed some awesome unarmed combat skills.