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Floyd Mayweather Jr. to welcome Conor McGregor to the ring Aug. 26

It’s a prizefight few pundits thought would ever come to fruition.

Former welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0-0, 26 KOs) will battle UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor (21-3-0, MMA) in a 12-round welterweight boxing mach Aug.26, tentatively set for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The fight was confirmed by both fighters on their Twitter accounts as well as a report from Yahoo Sports reporter Kevin Iole.

10-ounce gloves will be used and fight will be sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

Promoted primarily by Mayweather Promotions, Showtime will distribute the pay-per-view, which could potentially generate $100 million USD apiece for each fighter.

UFC president Dana White revealed on ESPN Sportscenter that the fight will be at the T-Mobile Arena, but the venue could change to the MGM Grand.

Mayweather retired after defeating Andre Berto in September 2015. This fight will be McGregor’s professional boxing debut. If Mayweather wins, he will improve to 50-0.

McGregor made history by becoming the UFC’s first two-division champion by defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 after knocking out Jose Aldo at UFC 194.┬áHe was stripped of the featherweight belt afterwards after failing to defend it.

Let the preamble begin.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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