Earlier this week, rumors began to surface surrounding a potential date and location for the much discussed boxing mega fight between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, and undefeated boxing star Floyd Mayweather. According to these rumors, the fight is being targeted for August 26, at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena – not the new T-Mobile Arena.
Speaking to Helen Yee, Mayweather’s uncle Jeff Mayweather, and one of his proteges Kevin Newman weighed in on these rumors. While neither was willing to confirm or deny thee rumors, both seemed to think they made sense.
“If that’s the date they’re going to fight, I’m pretty sure that’s going to be a good date for the fight,” The young pugilist Newman said. “Obviously its before the “Canelo” [Alvarez] – [Gennady Golovkin] fight, so I think it’d be right on time.”
“I think that, to be honest, any time Floyd fights it’s going to huge,” Mayweather said, echoing Newman’s comments. “But I do think having the fight before [Canel0-GGG] – especially being that it’s a big boxing fight – having the fight before that would be ideal.”
“Floyd did all his business with the MGM,” Mayweather continued, discussing the MGM Grand as a possible location rather than the T-Mobile Arena. “There’s no need to change.”
“The MGM Grand is like Floyd’s home,” Newman added. “I think he feels comfortable there, and that’s the arena that he chose – that he’s choosing – so that’s the one for him.”
McGregor was last seen in the cage in November, when he artfully clobbered Eddie Alvarez to claim the UFC lightweight title. Given that he still owned the UFC featherweight crown at the time, this made him the first fighter in the promotion’s history to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously.
Mayweather, meanwhile, has not stepped into the ring since September of 2013, when he defeated Andre Berto by decision, extending his record to a sparkling 49-0 in the process.
Do you think the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight will occur at the MGM Grand this August 26?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/13/2017.