Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor

Last updated on 26 July 2017

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor, billed as "The Money Fight",[1][2][3][4] is an upcoming professional boxing super-fight between undefeated eleven-time five-division professional boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the current UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor. It will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on August 26, 2017.[5][6]

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Background

Despite his success in the UFC mixed martial arts promotion, Conor McGregor maintained an interest in boxing competitively again, and entertained the idea of a "money fight" with Floyd Mayweather Jr.[7] Mayweather reportedly talked to Freddie Roach to train McGregor for the fight in case it will happen.[8] UFC president Dana White dismissed the rumors of a fight with Mayweather on The Dan Patrick Show, stating that Mayweather would have to contact him since McGregor was under contract with the UFC.[9] White even went as far as stating, "Here’s what I think the chances are (of the fight happening): About the same of me being the backup quarterback for Brady on Sunday," referring to Super Bowl LI.[10] In January 2017, it was reported that the two parties had entered an "exploratory phase" in negotiating a potential match between Mayweather and McGregor. On The Herd with Colin Cowherd, White openly offered to pay Mayweather $25 million to hold the proposed bout during a UFC event. He also predicted that pay-per-view viewership of the hypothetical bout could possibly rival Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.[11]

On March 7, 2017, Mayweather called upon McGregor to "sign the paper" and "make it happen", arguing that "if Conor McGregor really wants this fight to happen, stop blowing smoke up everybody's ass."[12] On March 10, 2017, Mayweather stated that only a fight with McGregor would make him come out of retirement.[13] On March 16, 2017, Dana White backpedaled on his stance against a Mayweather-McGregor bout and said that he would not deprive McGregor in making a massive payday.[14][15] On May 18, 2017, McGregor reportedly agreed to all of Mayweather's updated terms and signed the contract.[16][17]

IBF super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis will participate in a co-main event.[18] An international press tour was held from July 11–14.[19]

On July 19, 2017, additional undercard details were released.[20] To date, three names have been confirmed on the undercard, including British amateur boxer Savannah Marshall who signed up earlier this year with Mayweather Promotions company [21] and Badou Jack who will be stepping up to fight at light heavyweight.

On a July 24, 2017 episode of the Pardon My Take podcast, hosted by BigCat and PFTCommenter, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson predicted Conor McGregor "is going to get killed boxing."[22]

Fight card

Weight Class Weight vs. Method Round Time Notes
Light middleweight 154 lbs. United StatesFloyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Republic of IrelandConor McGregor
Super featherweight 130 lbs. United StatesGervonta Davis vs. TBD
Light heavyweight 178 lbs. SwedenBadou Jack vs. TBD
Super Middleweight 168 lbs. EnglandSavannah Marshall vs. TBD

Fight details

Broadcasting

In the United States, the fight will be televised via Showtime pay-per-view.[23] On July 10, 2017, it was announced that pricing for the PPV in the U.S. would mirror that of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, being set at US$89.95 (with an additional $10 charge for high definition).[24] It was also announced that Fox Sports (the television rightsholder of the UFC) would provide shoulder programming for the fight, including coverage of the press tour on UFC Tonight, as well as a pre-show and preliminary card (similarly to those broadcast by Fox Sports 1 prior to UFC pay-per-views) on Fox and Fox Deportes.[24]

Purses

Mayweather is expected to earn at least $100 million, increasing up to four times that amount if the event achieves all of its metrics.[25] McGregor is expected to earn $75 million, but both men signed NDA's barring them from publicly communicating the financial details.[26]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather: THE MONEY FIGHT PREVIEW". Fox Sports.
  2. ^ Conor McGregor reportedly knocked out in sparring for Money Fight forbes.com 2017/07/17
  3. ^ Money Fight world tour circus begins mmajunkie.com 2017/07
  4. ^ http://www.worldboxingnews.net/2017/01/31/news/floyd-mayweather-v-conor-mcgregor-the-money-fight
  5. ^ "Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight finalized for Aug. 26".
  6. ^ "Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor megafight finalized for Aug. 26". ESPN. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Conor McGregor Open to the Idea of Fighting Floyd Mayweather in Boxing Match: “Come At Me”".
  8. ^ Sheridan, Jim (2016-05-29). "'The fight is going to happen': Freddie Roach told by Floyd Mayweather that bout with Conor McGregor is ON". The Sun. Retrieved 2016-12-23.
  9. ^ Guillen, Adam (2016-05-12). "Dana White to Floyd Mayweather: If you want to fight Conor McGregor, call me!". MMAmania.com (SBNation). Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  10. ^ Guillen Jr., Adam (2017-01-29). "Dana White ices Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather". MMAmania. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  11. ^ Mckeever, Lewis (2017-01-13). "White offers Mayweather $25 million to fight McGregor in boxing". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  12. ^ Doyle, Dave (2017-03-07). "Floyd Mayweather’s message to Conor McGregor: ‘Sign the paper’". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  13. ^ Newswire, MMA Fighting (2017-03-11). "Floyd Mayweather: ‘I’m officially out of retirement for Conor McGregor’". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  14. ^ Gray, James (2017-03-16). "Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather: UFC president makes U-turn on fight". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  15. ^ "Dana White Gives Conan A Positive Update On McGregor Vs. Mayweather". UPROXX. 2017-03-16. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  16. ^ "Conor McGregor Signs 'Record-Breaking Deal' to Fight Floyd Mayweather". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  17. ^ The Mega Fight Between Floyd Mayweather Jr. & Conor McGregor Is Officially Happening, Highsnobiety, Alec Banks, June 14, 2017
  18. ^ Shaffer, Jonas. "Gervonta Davis to compete in co-main event of Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor megafight". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  19. ^ "Mayweather-McGregor - Four City Media Tour Information". Boxing Scene. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  20. ^ "Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor fight undercard: What we know so far". standard.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  21. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/floyd-mayweather-signs-british-former-10447898
  22. ^ iTunes Link to Pardon My Take presented by Barstool Sports'Pardon My Take - July 24, 2017 - Mike Tyson'
  23. ^ "Showtime’s PPV Dream A Reality: Mayweather-McGregor Fight Is On". Deadline.com. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  24. ^ a b "Mayweather-McGregor PPV cost revealed, prelims will air on FOX". Bloody Elbow (SB Nation). Vox Media. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  25. ^ Brian Mazique, The Estimated Purses For Floyd Mayweather Vs. Conor McGregor Fight Are Staggering forbes.com JUNE 16, 2017
  26. ^ Alec Banks, How Nike Could Score the Biggest Knockout in the Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight highsnobiety.com 22 June 2017

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