Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, also known as “The Money Fight”, the upcoming professional boxing match between undefeated eleven-time five-division professional boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and current UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor. It will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on August 26, 2017.
T-Mobile Arena is a multi-use indoor arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. Opened on April 6, 2016, the arena is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and the Anschutz Entertainment Group.
The arena is the home of the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League. Since its opening, T-Mobile Arena has primarily been used for entertainment events such as concerts, and has been booked for one-off combat sports events, and other annual sporting events.
Despite his success in the UFC mixed martial arts promotion, Conor McGregor maintained an interest in boxing competitively again and entertained the idea of a “Money Fight” with Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather reportedly talked to Freddie Roach to train McGregor for the fight in case it would happen. UFC president Dana White dismissed the rumours of a fight with Mayweather on The Dan Patrick Show, stating that Mayweather would have to contact him since McGregor was under contract with the UFC.
White even went as far as stating, “Here’s what I think the chances are of the fight happening: About the same of me being the backup quarterback for Brady on Sunday” referring to Super Bowl LI. In January 2017, it was reported that the two parties had entered an “exploratory phase” in negotiating a potential match between Mayweather and McGregor. On The Herd with Colin Cowherd, White openly offered to pay Mayweather $25 million to hold the proposed fight during a UFC event. He also predicted that pay-per-view viewership of the hypothetical fight could possibly rival Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.
On a episode of the “Pardon My Take” podcast, hosted by BigCat and PFTCommenter, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson predicted that McGregor “is going to get killed in boxing.”
On March 7, 2017, Mayweather called upon McGregor to “sign the paper” and “make it happen”, arguing that “if Conor McGregor really wants this fight to happen, stop blowing smoke up everybody’s ass.” On March 10, 2017, Mayweather stated that only a fight with McGregor would make him come out of retirement. Dana White back pedaled on his stance against a Mayweather-McGregor fight and said that he would not deprive McGregor of a massive payday. On May 18, 2017, McGregor reportedly agreed to all of Mayweather’s updated terms and signed the contract.
Mayweather is expected to earn at least $100 million, increasing up to four times that amount if the event achieves all of its metrics.McGregor is expected to earn $75 million, but both men signed NDAs barring them from publicly communicating the financial details.
On August 23, 2017, the WBC unveiled a special belt that will go to the winner of the fight, the “Money Belt”.It is made from alligator leather and encrusted with 1.5 kg of 24-karat gold, 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, and 300 emeralds.
The lowest-priced tickets still available on Ticketmaster have a value of $2,500. Prices are $5,000 near the ring, and “platinum” seats cost up to $14,995.
On August 16, 2017 the officials were named for the fight:
Referee: Robert Byrd
Judges: Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and Guido Cavalleri
Both athletes initially agreed to box in 10-ounce gloves per Nevada State Athletic Commission rules which require 10-ounce gloves for boxing matches contracted over 147 pounds (the fight is contracted at 154 pounds). McGregor wanted 8-ounce gloves and Mayweather agreed, and both athletes submitted formal requests to box in 8-ounce gloves, which was granted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American professional boxer and promoter. He is a five-division world champion, having won fifteen world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes (twice at welterweight), and is undefeated in his professional career. As an amateur he won a bronze medal in the featherweight division at the 1996 Olympics, three U.S. Golden Gloves championships (at light flyweight, flyweight, and featherweight), and the U.S. national championship at featherweight.
Mayweather is a two-time winner of The Ring magazine’s Fighter of the Year award (1998 and 2007), a three-time winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year award (2007, 2013, and 2015), and a six-time winner of the Best Fighter ESPY Award (2007–2010, 2012–2014). In 2016, Mayweather was ranked by ESPN as the greatest boxer, pound for pound, of the last 25 years. In the same year, he peaked as BoxRec’s number one fighter of all time, pound for pound, as well as the greatest welterweight of all time. Many sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports, ranked Mayweather as the best pound for pound boxer in the world twice in a span of ten years.
He is often referred to as the best defensive boxer in history, as well as being the most accurate puncher since the existence of CompuBox, having the highest plus–minus ratio in recorded boxing history. As of his most recent fight in 2015, Mayweather has a record of 26 wins without a loss or draw in world title fights (10 by KO), 23 wins (9 KOs) in lineal title fights, 24 wins (7 KOs) against former or current world titlists, 12 wins (3 KOs) against former or current lineal champions, and 2 wins (1 KO) against International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees.
In addition to his accomplishments in the ring, Mayweather is well known for being one of the most lucrative pay-per-view (PPV) attractions of all time, in any sport. He topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2012 and 2013 respectively, and the Forbes list again in both 2014 and 2015, listing him as the highest paid athlete in the world. In 2007 he founded his own boxing promotional firm, Mayweather Promotions, after defecting from Bob Arum’s Top Rank. Mayweather has generated approximately 19.5 million in PPV buys and $1.3 billion in revenue throughout his career, surpassing the likes of former top PPV attractions including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya, and Manny Pacquiao.
• Total fights: 49
• Wins: 49
• Wins by KO: 26
• Losses: 0
Conor Anthony McGregor (Irish: Conchúr Antóin Mac Gréagóir; born 14 July 1988) is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and professional boxer who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, and former UFC Featherweight Champion. During his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, McGregor has competed as a featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight. As of 2017, McGregor is ranked 3rd on UFC’s Pound for Pound rankings.
In 2008, McGregor started his MMA career and, in 2012, he won both the Cage Warriors Featherweight and Lightweight Championships, holding both titles simultaneously before vacating them to sign with the UFC. In 2015, at UFC 194, he defeated José Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship via knockout thirteen seconds into the first round. This was the fastest victory in UFC title fight history. Upon defeating Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 205, McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously.
McGregor has established himself as the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in MMA history as he has main-evented four out of the six highest selling pay-per-view events in UFC history. His headline fight with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 garnered the most buys ever for an MMA PPV event.
Mixed martial arts record
• Total Fights: 24
• Wins: 21
By knockout: 18
By submission: 1
By decision: 2
• Losses: 3
By submission: 3
I believe Floyd will be on the winning side, not that i think McGregor does not have what it takes to win but do to the fact that i think Mayweather has all the knowledge and experience to do so. No matter who wins though the fight, it will definitely go down in the books, it was billed as the first boxing / UFC crossover bout in history and it’s aiming to brake multiple all-time records. Floyd Mayweather is looking to brake a record he’s self, by winning the UFC fighter will put his record at 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0.
Although there’s speculations that the fight is a JOKE and should NOT count as Floyd Mayweather’s 50-0 win. What is your view on this statement and who are you backing to be the winner of this Epic Fight?