Mayweather vs McGregor rumor: PPV showdown to take place August 26th
It appears the superfight between Floyd Mayweather and UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor is very close to being finalized.
Per BloodyElbow.com, TMT Promotions has requested MGM Grand for an August 26th date for a ‘Boxing fight set to be broadcast on Showtime’ per the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s calendar. In addition, Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reported last week that UFC owner Ari Emanuel and Mayweather’s manager, Al Haymon, have taken charge of negotiations.
The Las Vegas Journal-Review also recently reported the fight could take place ‘sooner than you think’ claiming that the fight will happen before the Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin superfight on September 16th.
And furthermore, Conor McGregor tweeted on Sunday, simply stating “Big things are coming #BP.”
Nobody has could translate the possible meaning of #BP. Perhaps it stands for big payday?
With all of this in consideration, it seems very likely that Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather could take place on August 26th in Las Vegas.
The negotiations for this fight have been extremely difficult; So much so that former UFC owner and prominent Las Vegas figure Lorenzo Fertitta is rumored to have stepped in.
To make the deal work, not only did Mayweather and McGregor must agree to a fight, but the UFC and McGregor had to work out a deal as McGregor is under contract with the organization. That part is done, McGregor and the UFC have agreed to a deal. Now, UFC and Mayweather must agree to terms and it appears negotiations are going well given the light of recent news.
Mayweather vs McGregor news
Date: August 26 (Tentative)
Location: MGM Grand Las Vegas (Tentative)
Broadcast: Showtime (Tentative)
In May, McGregor applied for a Nevada Boxing license. He still hasn’t been approved but in all likelihood, he will be.
Some have worried that a fight between the two wouldn’t be licensed by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) as McGregor has no experience in professional boxing. But back in April, NSAC Executive Director Bob Brady said it is an “approvable fight.”
So, it appears the fight is very close and should have no wrinkles from the NSAC’s side of things.
If the fight gets done, it will certainly make history whether it’s a competitive fight or not. For years, people have been curious to see a fight between a top mixed martial artist and championship boxer. We’ve seen some instances in the past such as James Toney entering the octagon to fight Randy Couture in 2009. Couture easily submitted Toney in the first round.
Also, back in 2007 we saw former UFC Heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia fight Rey Mercer in a Mixed Martial Arts bout. Mercer finished Sylvia in less than 15 seconds.
And former top 40 heavyweight boxer, Eric 'Butterbean' Esch fought over 30 times in MMA and had relative success.
Never, though, have we seen an elite MMA fighter fight in boxing. Some fighters have experience boxing professionally such as Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Joe Duffy. But none of those guys fought an opponent on the elite level.
Mayweather vs McGregor would be a big deal and generate a lot of PPV revenue. Although some say it would damage boxing’s reputation, does it matter? The public wants it even if hardcore boxing fans don't.
Moreover, and on the bright side, it would end that tireless debate about how a top MMA fighter would perform in the ring against a top boxer, right!?