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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor to Happen on August 26

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor to Happen on August 26

The UFC has made a decision to take a backseat in the role of promoter for the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight.

On Wednesday evening, McGregor hinted at an impending announcement on his Twitter page before Mayweather quickly confirmed a deal had been agreed for a boxing match in Las Vegas.

"THE FIGHT IS ON", McGregor tweeted several minutes earlier, posting a picture of himself next to one of Mayweather's father, Floyd Sr. It finally came together and Nevada boxing officials on Wednesday approved the date for a Mayweather Promotions bout.

Mayweather, meanwhile, has only fought at 154lbs on a handful of occasions and didn't have to cut much (if any) weight to do so.

White, UFC's president, believes boxing and MMA fans alike are giving McGregor credit for demanding to challenge the undefeated five-division champion who retired as the best boxer in the world.

And obviously the fans wanted this too. "He is absolutely, 100 percent positive he wins this fight, and I stopped doubting Conor McGregor a long time ago".

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The match will also take place in an all-boxing card which will be distributed via Showtime pay-per-view with Mayweather Promotions as the lead promoter.

McGregor, 28, is 21-3 in UFC fights, with his most recent fight coming in November against Eddie Alvarez.

White wasn't willing to make a prediction on the outcome of the fight, but he stressed just how unique the McGregor/Mayweather clash is. Suggestions that the fight is but a top up for their retirement funds may be true, but what a fight it could be.

McGregor has become one of the most recognisable mixed martial artists in the world since he won the UFC featherweight title in December 2015.

After posting a video on April 20 in which he shadowboxed and insulted Mayweather's courage, McGregor took a brief break from his social media pursuit of Mayweather after his first son was born in May.


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