The long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has officially been set for Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. ESPN’s Darren Rovell has projected ticket sales at $60.5 million. The fight has been anticipated for almost two years since McGregor appeared on Conan in 2015 expressing his interest in going toe-to-toe with Mayweather, and it is being called the biggest sporting event of the year.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather officially retired from boxing about 23 months ago. His last fight saw him snag an easy win against Andre Berto. Conor McGregor, on the other hand, is a UFC legend and one of the best MMA fighters. However, although both boxing and MMA require striking, they’re totally different sports. McGregor has never fought an official boxing match professionally, which seemingly gives “Money May” the advantage.
Dana White, the president of UFC, spoke about the event on the 6:00 SportsCenter segment on ESPN along with Stephen A. Smith as soon as the news broke. White said the fight will be at 154 pounds. He also said he talked to McGregor this morning and he says “he’s really confident that he’s gonna win this fight” and “he will try to knock him out.”
Mayweather is a -1,000 favorite in the fight. Teddy Atlas, an ESPN boxing analyst, shared his opinion on the fight.
“McGregor has about as much chance of beating Mr. Mayweather as Donald Trump having a candle light dinner with Nancy Pelosi.”
If Floyd wins his upcoming bout with McGregor, he will finally break the record that he is tied with Rocky Marciano for of 49-0. McGregor’s UFC fighting record stands at 21-3. The fight is expected to be another $100 million payout for Mayweather. There is speculation that the fight could gross more than the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. The average ticket sales could be at about $3,600, Darren Rovell said on SportsCenter Live.
Former boxer Oscar De La Hoya shared his disapproval of the event on social media.
“At this point, only we can shut the circus by making it clear that we won’t pay to see a joke of a fight and telling our casual-fan friends that they shouldn’t either.”
The fight will take place on Showtime PPV hosted by Mayweather Promotions. Floyd Mayweather went to Twitter to make the big announcement.
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