Floyd Mayweather has amazingly signed up to fight Conor McGregor at the same weight limit the MMA champion scaled for his last fight with Eddie Alvarez, according to Dana White.
The 40 year-old, who came in 146 pounds for his previous outing against Andre Berto in 2015, will now head up eight pounds to face McGregor, who came in at 154.4 pounds for his UFC lightweight title contest in late 2016.
Why is this a shocker? – Well simple. Mayweather never usually gives any fighter a weight advantage, especially when out of action for such a long time.
Mayweather has offered pounds before, when fighting Miguel Cotto in 2012 and Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, but at that time the ‘Money’ man was active and had fights either side of those world title encounters.
It’s well documented that Mayweather usually walks around at his fighting weight, so it will be very interesting to see if the ex-Pound for Pound king has put on any extra beef with age and during his time away.
As explained by White on ESPN’s Sports Center on Wednesday night, Mayweather has agreed to head up half a stone from the Berto clash to battle McGregor at what is effectively the super-welterweight limit.
“It’ll be at the T-Mobile Centre in Vegas, it’ll be at 154-pounds, they’ll wear 10-0z gloves, it’ll be in a ring. It’s a boxing event,” White stated.
“Mayweather Promotions will build the undercard for it. Those are pretty much the basics right now.”
READ: Mayweather v McGregor: Venue / Rounds / Title info / Tickets / Odds / Pay-Per-View cost / Undercard
On negotiations for the PPV blockbuster, White added: “We’ve been in negotiations now for a while, and to be honest with you negotiations went smooth.
“Floyd is surrounded by smart people and we got this thing done. The impossible deal is now done.”
And finally, when asked about McGregor’s chances in the fight, White said: “I’ll tell you this — the reason Conor McGregor is as big as he is, it’s because he’ll fight anybody, anywhere, anytime. He will go after Floyd Mayweather and he will try to knock him out.
“When two men get in there and they square off, and start throwing punches, anything is possible.”