Mayweather at 40 years old will put his 49-0 record and legacy on the line against a fighter who has never fought as a professional boxer.
McGregor makes the transition from MMA as a two-weight title holder and has some experience of boxing from his younger fighting days.
After initial talks to stage at the MGM Grand, the fight is set to take place at the close-by T-Mobile Arena (also owned by MGM Grand). The event will be Mayweather’s debut at the newly-built facility once an agreement is reached to switch Ice Cube’s BIG3 show already booked for that weekend.
Mayweather v McGregor will be fought over 12 rounds.
The fight is agreed at 154 pounds – Super welterweight.
None of the current sanctioning bodies have backed the contest as yet, with the WBC, WBA and IBO already making their feelings known that the fight should only be an exhibition.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission have welcomed the fight though, meaning Mayweather will push to 50-0 if successful.
Tickets haven’t yet sold out and can be purchased at a hefty price here
Mayweather has gone from 1/12 to 1/8 whilst McGregor is 5/1 from 7/1.
Following the huge success of Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao, the McGregor fight is the same $99.95 in HD on Showtime PPV.
In the UK, Sky Sports Box Office will televise the bout for £19.95.
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