Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. and MMA superstar Conor McGregor announced they would be fighting on August 26 in what promises to be one of the most intriguing matchups in fight history. The UFC superstar posted a picture of Mayweather on Tuesday to make fun of his age and later reminded his followers that he is more than prepared to fight than the boxing legend. Mayweather reportedly earned $220 million before taxes for his 2015 bout with longtime rival Manny Pacquiao, shattering previous records.
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Terms of the deal were not available, but it will either be at the MGM Grand Garden or T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Regardless, all signs point to Mayweather and McGregor coming to an agreement soon. Both fighters will wear 10-ounce boxing gloves.
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Mayweather, 40, retired from boxing in September 2015 after defeating Andre Berto and moving to 49-0 in his professional fighting career. But the UFC and McGregor have made T-Mobile Arena their home. Based out of Las Vegas, he has stated publicly a bout against McGregor is the only fight that would now bring him out of retirement.
According to ESPN, the welterweight fight will be aired on Showtime, Mayweather's broadcast partner.
"When I step in there, I'm going to shock the whole g*ddamn world", the Irishman said back in January of the pipe-dream fight. -McGregor bout, it would set the stage for one of the biggest fights in the history of martial arts.
Mayweather is now sparring and training regularly and will be aiming for a 50th career win against the two-weight UFC champion and considerably younger Irishman.