The blockbuster matchup between pound for pound boxing great Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and UFC Lightweight Champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor is almost upon us. But perhaps even more exciting than the fight itself is the lead up to the fight. Recently, the full schedule for the super bout was released, and fans cannot be more excited for this matchup.
Hold onto your seats folks, things are going to escalate very quickly. The two global sports icons, one a boxing legend and all-time great, the other, UFC’s most famous star, will finally get to meet face to face.
Mayweather is set to face McGregor this August 26th
Since the bout was announced a few weeks ago, there has been a media hailstorm of coverage. People from all corners of the world have expressed their opinion. Will it be competitive? Will it be a mismatch like everyone expects it to be? Those are merely a couple of questions that surround this mega bout.
Mayweather is coming off a long two year absence, with his last bout against Andre Berto being in 2015. He announced his retirement shortly after and hasn’t fought since. McGregor on the other hand used that two-year frame to catapult his fame in the combat sports world. He’s won the UFC featherweight and lightweight titles and became the UFC’s most marketable star.
Full World Tour Schedule has been released
Mayweather and McGregor are set for five press conferences in five different cities across the world. The entire tour will also last around five days long. This is to ensure maximum promotion for this bout, and that every possible revenue stream is explored.
The first stop in the world tour takes place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on July 11. The next stop is a press conference at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario on July 12. After that, Mayweather and McGregor will travel to New York City for a stop at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on July 13. Finally, they visit the world-famous Wembley Stadium in London, England.
As many as 10,000 people are expected to show up at the spectacle at Wembley. That number is more than some boxing events, which is unprecedented even for a press conference. Just goes to show the impact of this bout and how many people are truly interested in it.
Old Mayweather vs Young McGregor
The story is undoubtedly youth versus experience. The only shot McGregor has is if Mayweather shows up way over the hill after two whole years away from competition. Given the way Mayweather has performed over his career however, that is highly unlikely. He is one of the few fighters who have remained virtually unscathed at the elite level.
McGregor on the other hand will be making his professional boxing debut. He has never boxed a round in his life, professionally. The bout will be contested at 154 lbs. And will take place August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.