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Exclusive: Mayweather pulls Aug 26 date request for McGregor fight

Phil Jay 13/06/2017

The massive cross-codes clash between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has been pulled from a potential date of August 26 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission added the date in question to their upcoming professional calendar as Mayweather Promotions were reportedly gearing up to host the event at the boxing capital.

McGregor had revealed on social media a big announcement is on its way, whilst Mayweather has also begun shaking off the cobwebs for what will be a 50th professional contest for the ex-pound for pound king.

Details of the event on the NSAC website showed the date being booked on Monday.

Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett was then asked for his view by WBN earlier on August 26 being requested by Mayweather’s company.

“According to our website, Mayweather Promotions has submitted requests for events on June 20, July 29 and August 26, 2017,” Bennett exclusively confirmed to World Boxing News on Tuesday morning.

“Additionally, Mayweather and McGregor have not received a boxing license for 2017,” he added.

In an update this afternoon, Bennett revealed a meeting scheduled for Wednesday will not be discussing any staging of an imminent PPV contest.

“Nothing has changed in reference to their licenses; and yes Mayweather Promotions has pulled their event request for August 26. Mayweather v McGregor will not be on the agenda for tomorrow’s commission meeting,” Bennett exclusively told World Boxing News in a further revelation on the situation at hand.

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Licenses for Mayweather and McGregor are already believed to be a formality for when the fight is officially agreed but for now, Mayweather has pulled the plug on the date just hours after reports had surfaced.

That initial August 26 date may well have been on the cards, or could still be, which could depend on Mayweather’s love of being the first to make anything bearing his own name official. But this fact may also see the bout switched to another date completely.

Either that or Mayweather just wants to keep people guessing until he finally does put fans and media out of their misery and admit the McGregor fight will take place at the end of this summer.

Whatever the situation, some believe August is unrealistic to stage Mayweather v McGregor as it’s just ten weeks away.

Phil Jay is Editor of WBN. An Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay.