Fight date: Saturday 26 August 2017
Venue: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
TV channel: Showtime PPV
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The stage is set for one of the most-anticipated hybrid fights of all time. That’s right – McGregor v Mayweather is finally happening!
Negotiations for this fight have been going on for some time now and it looks set to blow a host of records out of the water.
For starters, both fighters are set to earn huge paydays, with Mayweather said to be guaranteed $100m (£78m) plus the upside on high sales by Showtime, the US network handling the pay-per-view.
McGregor is expected to earn at least $80m (£62m), although a percentage of that is likely to go to the UFC.
There has already been a huge betting interest in McGregor v Mayweather, with millions said to have been staked as soon as the fight was officially confirmed on 15 June 2017.
The broadcasters are naturally very excited. Showtime Sports chief Stephen Espinoza said: This is really an unprecedented event. Really we haven’t seen anything in modern history that resembles it, it’s impossible to predict how many sales this will do.”
One thing is for sure, the build-up to this fight is going to be absolutely huge. Fans have been demanding this bout for some time and it has finally been confirmed after months of speculation.
McGregor took the announcement of the fight as a chance to aim an early dig at his opponent. He tweeted a picture of Mayweather Snr along with the message “THE FIGHT IS ON” – a clear mocking of his opponent’s age (Mayweather is 40).
The stage is set for one of the biggest sporting events in recent history – and we can’t wait.
Despite all of the hype, we feel that McGregor is likely to struggle to land many punches against Mayweather. The experienced 40-year-old is going to be very well-placed to exploit any over eagerness from the Irishman. This will be a standard boxing fight with standard boxing rules and that could prove to be McGregor’s downfall against his bitter rival. Let’s be totally honest about it, McGregor’s best chance to win this fight is by knockout early on. As the fight progresses, it really is hard to see past the experienced Mayweather claiming victory. For that reason, we’re backing the veteran to come out on top on 26 August in Las Vegas.
Prediction: Floyd Mayweather to win by unanimous decision.
The huge hybrid fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather has been scheduled for the evening of Saturday 26 August 2017. The details of the broadcasters are still to be confirmed but this page will be updated with the latest information as soon as we get it.
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