It’s official! Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor on August 26

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    After much talk and speculation, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are officially locked in for a bout on August 26.

    28-year-old McGregor, after making his name as a UFC fighter, will make his boxing debut against 40-year-old Mayweather, who comes out of a 23-month retirement for the match.

    » More Mayweather-McGregor news, rumours and fight info

    The fact that Mayweather is the more experienced of the two combatants in the boxing ring has had a big impact on who is favoured to win, with the veteran priced at $1.15 for victory, and McGregor out to $5.50.

    However, public opinion hasn’t dampened McGregor’s resolve that he can and will defeat Mayweather.

    “No one in this boxing game knows what’s coming. Trust me on that!” McGregor said earlier this year, in March.

    “When I step in there, I’ll shock the whole —ing world. Trust me on that. Look me in the eyes — 28 years of age. Confident as a mother —er. Long, rangy, dangerous with every hand.

    “Trust me, I’m going to stop Floyd. You’re all going to eat your words. The whole world is going to eat their words.”

    McGregor has spent much of 2017 pushing for the fight to happen, but had to convince UFC President Dana White to allow the fight to happen.

    White’s simple Twitter reaction to the official announcement of the fight made it clear that his mind has been swayed and, like combat sports fans the world over, he’ll be looking forward to the fight.

    The fight will occur at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday 26 August, meaning that in Australian time, it will be in the middle of the day of Sunday 27 August.

    Both men are reportedly set to earn as much as $100 million from the fight, and many believe it could break the record for pay-per-view purchases.

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

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    The Crowd Says (12)

    • June 15th 2017 @ 9:03am
      Gavin R said | June 15th 2017 @ 9:03am | ! Report

      Win win for Conor
      Win and he makes at least $100 million, defeats arguably the best modern day boxer in his own backyard, shuts absolutely everyone up and MMA can boast that their best athlete beats boxings best in a ring. Absolutely huge for the sport.
      Lose and he makes $100 million in a fight no one expects him to win.

      I wouldnt be entirely surprised to see Conor knock him out early but the longer the fight goes, the shorter the odds for floyd. He has bricks for hands and is insanely accurate.

      • June 15th 2017 @ 9:46am
        DJW said | June 15th 2017 @ 9:46am | ! Report

        MMA best athlete? Ha He has to defend a few titles first to even be considered for that. Not sure hit and run McGregor will though.

      • June 15th 2017 @ 1:05pm
        SM said | June 15th 2017 @ 1:05pm | ! Report

        Anyone who thinks McGregor has any chance at all has no respect for the sport of boxing and should just stop talking about it.

      • June 15th 2017 @ 9:02pm
        no one in particular said | June 15th 2017 @ 9:02pm | ! Report

        49-0 vs 0-0

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      June 15th 2017 @ 9:30am
      BigJ said | June 15th 2017 @ 9:30am | ! Report

      Smart business by both men. The losers will be anybody that buy a ticket. This will be another 100 million farce.

      • June 15th 2017 @ 4:13pm
        The Grafter said | June 15th 2017 @ 4:13pm | ! Report

        Cant argue with that, and stratigically placed three weeks before the real fight of the year.

    • June 15th 2017 @ 2:11pm
      KingKongBundy said | June 15th 2017 @ 2:11pm | ! Report

      Can anyone tell me how much both fighters are getting honestly??? I no it says 100 mill each but knowing mayweather i dont belive that ,he would of demanded he got alot more than conor! He got 60/40 with manny u cant tell me its an even split floyds ego is too big

    • June 15th 2017 @ 2:50pm
      Mike Julz said | June 15th 2017 @ 2:50pm | ! Report

      McGregor will go in there and play survival mode the whole fight. That will be his gameplan. He will try and box his way through 12 rounds. Because at the back of his head, hes thinking dollar signs ???. He doesn’t give a damn if he loses. Mayweather will be thinking easy 50-0 win record, and of course,???. Not a bad payday and a win/win for both.
      Now lets watch the circus thats going to come, the back and fourth trash talking that will build up this money mega trash fight.

    • June 15th 2017 @ 3:07pm
      Farqueue said | June 15th 2017 @ 3:07pm | ! Report

      If nobody watches, then they hardly make any money.
      Unfortunately UFC is huge amongst the young guys and most think McGregor is a big chance.
      Mayweather is a detestable person who may be the most boring champ in history but the guy is a master defensive boxer.
      Please don’t contribute to his pension fund.

    • June 15th 2017 @ 3:43pm
      Jack said | June 15th 2017 @ 3:43pm | ! Report

      If u lot think for 1 second mcgregor going in there to lose your stuffed in the brain, mcgregor a makin history. He in the business of making money and making history. If he goes in there and knocks floyd out he’ll be a legend. Loved and adored by the world. A God.

      • June 15th 2017 @ 5:06pm
        mushi said | June 15th 2017 @ 5:06pm | ! Report

        Wiki clearly needs to be updated as it’s got Conor’s dad’s name as Tony..

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