After two years of flirtation, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are finally ready to
make out fight.
The reigning UFC lightweight champion and the retired, undefeated boxer each announced the boxing bout between them, scheduled for August 26 in Las Vegas.
“We’ve been in negotiations for a while,” UFC president Dana White told SportsCenter on Wednesday. “Negotiations went smooth. Floyd is surrounded by some smart people, and we got this thing done. The impossible deal is now done.”
While Floyd’s announcement was more on the official side …
… McGregor took the opportunity to fire a shot at his upcoming opponent’s age, using a photo of the boxer’s father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., instead.
THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017
Speaking of age, it’s the only factor in which McGregor holds an edge in a boxing ring. Even Mayweather himself, as cocky as boxers get, suggested in May that McGregor’s relative youth—he’s 28, and Floyd is 40—gives him a chance in the ring against the 49-0 Floyd, who last fought in September 2015, against Andre Berto.
“I’ve been off for a couple years and I’m 40 years old now,” Mayweather said. “So, I’m a lot older and he’s still in his twenties and I’m in my forties now. So that could play a major key, we don’t know. And he’s a heavy hitter. … Does he have a good chance of upsetting Floyd Mayweather? I can’t say, but anything can happen in the sport of boxing.”
McGregor has never been shy about stepping out of his comfort zone, having fought at three different weight classes in UFC. He’s the first and only UFC fighter to hold two belts at once.
“I’m going to step in there and shock the whole goddamn world,” said in March of what was then a hypothetical fight with Floyd. “Trust me on that. Look me in the eyes, 28 years of age, confident as a motherf**ker, long, rangy, dangerous with every hand. Trust me, I’m going to stop Floyd and you’re all going to eat your words. The whole world is going to eat their words.”