It is now official. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will come out of retirement for a fight against the UFC’s Conor McGregor on August 26.
The fight will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in the heart of Las Vegas’ iconic Strip.
Speculation had been rampant in the last several months, as well as for most of the time since Mayweather retired after a fight in September of 2015, when he beat Andre Berto. Just prior to that fight, Mayweather got in the ring with Manny Pacquiao, which he, Mayweather also won in a controversial decision.
Mayweather is already considered an 11 – 1 favourite, but it would be reasonable to suggest that two months of training might not be sufficient to remove two years’ of rust.
Still, McGregor has never had a professional boxing match, he did box as an amateur as a youth and his ability to absorb punishment is without question. A UFC fighter does not amass a 21 – 3 mixed martial arts record without getting hit and kicked with frequency.
Mayweather obviously has a vast edge in boxing and punching skills, but McGregor’s thick Irish skull is capable of taking a punch, let there be no doubt on that score.
The fight will be held at 154 pounds (70 kg.).
Once the UFC side of the match was settled, with Dana White sanctioning his marquee fighter’s bid to jump codes, the deal came together rapidly.
When Mayweather fought Pacquiao, the price for the pay-per-view audience was US$99.95 ($AUD140). The fight found 4.4 million paying viewers. Whether or not the Mayweather – McGregor take will surpass that for the number of viewers is anyone’s guess, as is the price that will be charged, but it would seem that it will be the same, at the least, if not more.
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