You read that headline correctly. According to both Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, and Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review Journal, the much discussed boxing mega fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is a done deal. This fight will reportedly occur on August 26, in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, though the venue could apparently still change to the new T-Mobile Arena.
According to the aforementioned reports, Mayweather will confirm this fight on his social media accounts as early as today. McGregor, meanwhile, can be expected to make his announcements shortly thereafter.
When we last saw McGregor in the Octagon, he authored an artful knockout of Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC lightweight title. Given that he still owned the UFC featherweight title at that time, this made him the first fighter in promotional history to hold titles in two weight classes concurrently. He is 21-3 as a pro mixed martial artist, and 0-0 as a pro boxer.
Mayweather, meanwhile, is a sparkling 49-0 as a pro boxer. After his last fight, a 2013 decision defeat of Andre Berto, the boxing legend elected to hang up the gloves. Yet this lucrative crossover fight with McGregor, which is supposed to see both men pocket more than $100 million, was apparently enough to pull him back to the ring.
Stay tuned for more details on this reported Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor mega fight, which is likely to go down as the biggest fight in combat sports history, as they emerge.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/14/2017.