If you thought it was already a circus, you haven’t seen anything yet! As mega boxing clash, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Conor McGregor is officially set for August 26.
After months of speculation of whether or not the two combat sports superstars would face off, both Mayweather and McGregor have taken to social media to confirm their boxing clash.
Following numerous mainstream media reports, Mayweather, 40, took to Instagram with a promotional GIF, captioned “IT’S OFFICIAL!!!” On this poster, it is detailed that the fight will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 26. It is not yet confirmed whether it will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena or the T-Mobile Arena, but the prior is more likely.
Another interesting piece of information which was revealed by Mayweather is that the pay-per-view will be carried by Showtime in the United States, with the PPV provider’s logo featuring on Mayweather’s post. Funnily enough, there was no sign of any UFC branding on the announcement.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) June 14, 2017
However, set to step into the professional boxing ring for the first time, the current UFC lightweight champion wasted no time getting his first (official) jab in, tweeting a picture of himself and Floyd Snr. (yes, Floyd Jr’s dad) captioned “THE FIGHT IS ON.”
THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017
The fight will mark the first time 28-year-old McGregor has fought since becoming a father, as well as his first competitive bout since capturing the UFC 155lb title at Madison Square Garden last November.
As for Floyd, over 12-year’s older than his Irish foe, the Mayweather-McGregor match-up will mark his return from retirement, following his final bout against Andre Berto in September 2015. Now, Mayweather goes in search of a notorious 50th career victory.
Details including purses, international distribution, weight and number of rounds have yet to be made official but are expected to be revealed in the coming days.
UPDATE: It has since been confirmed by Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions, that the bout will take place at the T-Mobile Arena. It will be a 12 round, 154lb affair. UFC President Dana White also appeared on ESPN SportsCenter, where he confirmed this and announced that both fighters will wear 10oz gloves. Mayweather Promotions will build the undercard.