The ongoing posturing between undefeated boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and braggadocios MMA fixture, Conor McGregor — which has been going since the fall of 2016 — seems to finally be have tangible pieces in place so that they can actually fight.
ESPN has reported that the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a request submitted by Mayweather Promotions to host a boxing event on August 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Hours later, Yahoo Sports has reported that Mayweather’s camp isn’t simply securing a date as a public relations maneuver. Rather, they’ve stated, “Unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather will fight UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a much-discussed boxing match on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas,” adding, “Mayweather is expected to make the announcement on social media as early as Wednesday.
Mayweather has done just that, stating, “It’s official!!!”
In response, bookmaker Jeff Sherman, the oddsmaker at the Westgate sports book in Las Vegas, made Mayweather a minus-1000 favorite and placed McGregor at plus-650.
While no official figures have been announced, it’s widely believed that each fighter will take home north of $100 million USD each based on tangible ticket sales and PPV buys.
In Mayweather’s last major PPV mega-fights against Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez he managed buys accounting for 4.6 million and 2.2 million people, respectively.
With the cross-cultural interest and the blend of boxing and MMA, there’s no denying they are aiming for over five million PPV buys.