It’s on. The boxing match of the century (at least the 21st-century) is finally going down.
Floyd Mayweather is going to square off against Conor McGregor this August in a fight that is supposed to rake in an estimated $180 million.
The retired boxing champion will put his undefeated record (49-0) on the line in a highly anticipated fight against the UFC’s most popular MMA fighter.
“The impossible deal just got made,” Floyd Mayweather’s longtime manager Leonard Ellerbe said. “[It’s] the biggest fight in all of boxing. Any and everywhere he goes all around the world, that’s all the fans talk about. Floyd. When are you going to fight Conor McGregor?”
“This is the fight the fans demanded and wanted and this is the fight Floyd wants to give fans. I can’t speak for Conor McGregor, [but] I know Floyd will be prepared to handle anything Conor McGregor brings to the table.” – Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
Here’s what you need to know about the “fight” between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
This is a Boxing Match and Nothing Else
The fight will consist of 12, three-minute rounds. Both fighters have also agreed to be tested by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. During a conference announcing the fight, UFC boss Dana White underscored this fact, so there would be no confusion as to what type of fight fans can expect. “You all know how much Conor likes money. Conor would depart with a whole lot of money if that ever happened,” Dana White said.
Conor’s Lethal Weapons Have Been Banned
The fight has been officially sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, so don’t expect any UFC style action from Connor McGregor. Conor McGregor will be barred from throwing any kicks during the fight. Elbows are also barred as well, taking away two of Conor McGregor’s most lethal weapons. There is also no rematch clause.
Huge Paydays – Floyd Has Already Won
Both fighters are going to make a lot of money. But estimates have Floyd pegged at taking in almost $100 million while, Conor McGregor will have a huge payout himself, with an estimated $80 million purse. Floyd will also rake in some extra dough, thanks to the opening of his new Las Vegas strip club Girl Collection, which is already popular with rappers athletes and celebrities. We may never know since both fighters have signed financial confidentiality clauses.
Floyd Is The Favorite To Win
The betting has already started and most people are overwhelmingly putting their money on Floyd Mayweather. Bookmakers currently have the odds at 11-1, in Floyd Mayweather’s favor. “Realistically if we were just putting up a number and didn’t have to take bets on it, Floyd would be 100-1,” Nick Bogdanovich, oddsmaker for the William Hill chain told the Boston Herald.
No MMA On The Card At All
Unfortunately for diehard UFC fans, there will be no MMA on the undercard either. Floyd Mayweather Promotions is handling the undercard for the fight, so it’s a huge opportunity for his stable of boxers which includes Gervonta Davis, Cameron Krael, Sharif Bogere and others. Floyd will also benefit from his deal with Showtime, which will air the boxing match on its pay-per-view channels. The bad news for viewers who will be sitting home and watching the fight on the couch is that it will cost close to $100, according to Dana White.
The big fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is scheduled to take place August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.