Mixed martial arts icon Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather confirmed plans for a long-awaited showdown on Wednesday, causing both grievance and anticipation for what is set to be one of the richest fights in history.
The forty year old Mayweather will be aspiring to reach the 50-0 milestone whereas McGregor is a heavy underdog in the 12-round boxing match. A victory for the Irishman could be an immense upset.
“Floyd Mayweather is the best of all time and Conor is the master of our sport,” MMA promoter Dana White stated. “I thought it would be an unfeasible deal to do, however it was the right fight at the appropriate time and we got it done.”
Chief executive of Mayweather promotions, Leonard Ellerbe stated that the boxer’s team determined to end his 23-month retirement due to the fact the clamor for the 154-pound showdown had not been possible to ignore.
“There is not one place I visit with Floyd wherein he does not get asked the question, ‘Floyd are you going to fight Conor McGregor?’ All what Floyd Mayweather thinks about is fighting Conor McGregor and whipping his ass,” Ellerbe stated.
Floyd Mayweather declared the fight on his Instagram account with a detailed saying “IT’S OFFICIAL!!!” displaying photographs of the two fighters and listing Las Vegas as the location while McGregor sent out a tweet stating “THE FIGHT IS ON.”
“Mayweather stated ‘154 is no hassle, I don’t need a catchweight,’” said Ellerbe.
McGregor is the top pay-per-view draw UFC even as Mayweather had always been the cash-spinner in a number of boxing’s biggest bouts, together with matchups with Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao and US star Oscar De La Hoya. Mayweather earned $250 million for his fight in against to Manny Pacquiao.
“There’s a diverse feel from the Pacquiao fight, Ellerbe stated. “It is the unknown factor (of fighting a MMA superstar).”
Neither Floyd nor McGregor have competed this year. Floyd Mayweather retired from pro boxing in 2015 after defeating Andre Berto, whereas McGregor (21-3) defeated Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.
White stated that the important thing to finalizing the fight turned into luring Floyd Mayweather out of retirement.
“Everyone is happy with this deal,” he stated. “No one is bummed out.”
The boxing format greatly favors the undefeated Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs), whom many regard to be the best pound-for-pound fighter inside the world.
McGregor, 28, will be coming into unknown territory as he has not stepped right into a boxing ring ever since he became a teenager.