The highly anticipated match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather may have finally been given a date- August 26th. ESPN says the date is yet to be approved.
The highly anticipated boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather may have finally been given a date- August 26th. According to Dan Rafael, from ESPN, the date is yet to be approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
According to Rafael, the commission had removed the request from its agenda, since there hadn’t been an “official deal” between Showtime and Mayweather Promotions.
However, they did say that once a deal was made, the date approval request would only be a formality. The fight will be located at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena.
Rafael also said that the two fighters originally wanted the date to be set to September 16th, but the slot was taken by another highly anticipated match between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.
In agreement with MGM’s Resorts International, both fights could not happen within 3 weeks of each other. Therefore, the Mayweather and McGregor fight was set to August 26th, which is exactly 3 weeks prior to the Golovkin and Alvarez fight.
The Decision for the Match
After about two years of talk about a fight between McGregor and Mayweather, McGregor announced last month that he signed a “record breaking deal” to officially do it. Mayweather has not fought since his last match with Andre Berto in September 2015, from which he came out victorious.
The fight is highly anticipated, since it is extremely unexpected and new that a UFC champion with no particular experience or strict training in boxing would challenge an undefeated boxer, like Mayweather, in his area of expertise.
According Dana White, the MMA President, the highly novel and unusual nature of the fight might push the event’s prize money into an extremely large amount. She speculates that Mayweather could earn over $100 million, and McGregor $75 million.