Boxing, UFC braced for Mayweather v McGregor agreement

A huge multi-million-dollar cross-codes fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor is close to being formally announced, according to reports in Ireland on Tuesday.

What will be the most intriguing fight in decades, arguably the most gifted defensive fighter of all time – and certainly the best of his generation, will go up against a brash young puncher in UFC’s ‘Notorious’ McGregor.

The skilled American versus the Irish hardman has the potential to be the biggest Pay-Per-View event of all, eclipsing Mayweather’s previous offering against Manny Pacquiao in May 2015. At the time, 4.4m PPV buys was seen as unbeatable given the fact that no other bout had previously surpassed the 3m mark. ‘MayPac’ outdid Mayweather’s clash with Oscar De La Hoya by a wide margin and many see the McGregor fight, with the millions of UFC fans added into the bargain, having the pulling power to go even further.

A McGregor contest emerged once the two-weight champion was able to break PPV UFC records in 2016 on his own, leading to Mayweather’s wallet twitching at the prospect of following up the Pacquiao fight with another massive event. Interest in Mayweather facing Pacquiao again was non-existent from the get-go, and may well have left ‘Money’ in retirement had McGregor not began to make loud noises in the pay-to-watch market.

Fans of the match-up will be happy to hear that an agreement is on the verge of being reached, with only a ‘third party’ holding up an official confirmation and the reveal of a date.

September 2017 in Las Vegas would seem to be the frontrunner as Mayweather has usually reserved dates in the fifth and ninth month. Canelo Alvarez securing May 6 at the T-Mobile Arena for the Julio Cesar Chavez fight has ruled out May, although the later date gives Mayweather a good seven months to shake off any ring rust in the gym.

All that remains is for Mayweather and McGregor to tie up those loose ends suggested before both sports can begin the build-up to one of the most anticipated and fascinating fights of recent memory.