After months of negotiations and controversy, the long-rumored, much-hyped fight between UFC champion Conor McGregor and unbeaten prizefighter Floyd Mayweather is finally booked. Yahoo Sports reports that the fight will take place Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.
Both fighters confirmed the news on social media — you can see a tweet from McGregor below.
“According to UFC president Dana White, the fight will be at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be contested at 154 pounds,” Yahoo Sports reports. “It will be a standard, 12-round boxing match with 10-ounce gloves. The Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday approved the request from Mayweather Promotions to put on a boxing card on Aug. 26 at the MGM Grand. The venue could change, however, to T-Mobile.”
Showtime will carry the fight as a pay-per-view event. Mayweather Promotions is the lead promoter.
“It is a stunning development given that Mayweather, the greatest boxer of his era, had said he was retired after compiling a 49-0 pro record from 1996 through 2015,” Yahoo Sports notes. “But with a fight which could pay each man in excess of $100 million, he reconsidered.”