Yes, it's true. The fight that everyone's been talking about is actually going to happen. There was a time when the thought of MMA superstar Conor McGregor fighting undefeated (and retired) boxing champ Floyd Mayweather seemed like a fantasy that was fun to talk about but would never actually happen. And yet, here we are - the deals have been signed and the fight is on. Here is what we know about it at this point:
The fight will take place on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will air on Showtime PPV. It will be a pure boxing match; no MMA stuff here. In fact, in the contract for the fight it states that the match will be a boxing match with boxing rules under the Nevada State Athletic Commission and that if McGregor were to throw any elbows or kicks, it would cost him cold hard cash!
As Dana White said, about McGregor kicking and elbowing, during a conference call announcing the fight:
"There is no way that will happen. That is absolutely in the contract, number one."
"Number two, this is a boxing match under the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. When you talk about a guy like Floyd Mayweather, the lawsuit if that ever happened..."
"You all know how much Conor likes money. Conor would depart with a whole lot of money if that ever happened."
The fight will be a 12-round fight, the fighters will be wearing 10oz gloves, and both Mayweather and McGregor will undergo USADA testing. There will also be a boxing match as the undercard and - of course - Mayweather promotions will be the matchmakers for that fight.
As for the money: Dana White didn't get into specifics but he does expect McGregor to make around $100 million!!
And while most people don't give McGregor much of a chance in a pure boxing match against Mayweather, Connor - according to White - "believes with all his heart he will knock Mayweather out." Which shouldn't surprise anyone given the constant confidence that oozes from McGregor at all times.