Mayweather pulls August 26 date, keeps everyone guessing on McGregor confirmation
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 calender 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 it’s 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 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.
“Additionally, Mayweather and McGregor have not received a boxing license for 2017,” he added.
Licenses for Mayweather and McGregor are already a formality as speculation continues to grow that a formal announcement is imminent.
Now, Bennett has informed WBN Mayweather pulled the plug on the date verbally hours after reports surfaced.
That initial August 26 date may well have been on the cards, or could still be, whilst Mayweather’s love of being the first to make anything bearing his own name official, may well see the bout switched to another date.
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 the summer or beyond.
Whatever the situation, some believe August is unrealistic to stage Mayweather v McGregor as it’s just ten weeks away.
Mayweather is currently sparring and training regularly and will be aiming for a 50th career win against the two-weight UFC champion and considerably younger Irishman.
At 40 years of age, questions have been raised as to whether Mayweather can still compete, whilst on the flipside, many believe McGregor’s inexperience as a boxer will mean a one-sided fight for ‘Money’ opposite the 28 year-old MMA star.
The fight is expected to be worth around half a billion dollars when it goes live on Showtime and could see Mayweather overtake Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0, which he currently shares with the heavyweight legend.
For ‘The Notorious’ McGregor, the opportunity is unprecidented as the UFC champion gets to trade blows with the best boxer of a generation on his pro debut.
More is set to be revealed in the next few days, whatever date is eventually chosen.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay