The History Behind the Mayweather and McGregor Match.
The fight of the century is almost upon us. The Mayweather vs. Mcgregor fight will take place at the T-mobile Arena at Las Vegas, Nevada. As the fight draws nearer by the day with anticipation of witnessing one of the most epics fights in history, let’s look at a timeline of the history of Mayweather and McGregor to build up the suspense.
2 July 2015
The Mayweather Vs McGregor fight ‘rumour’ started two years ago on the Conan O’Brien Show. While preparing for a fight with Chad Mendes, Connor McGregor was asked by the host if he fancied taking on one of the world’s greatest boxing icons, Floyd Mayweather. A high resounding “Duh!” was the response. Soon after McGregor responded by saying no one would resist the chance to enter a fight where the reward was a cool $180 million.
4 January 2016
Partly as a response to McGregor and partly expressing his own opinion, Mayweather mentioned one thing which can be attributed as the most important causal factor for the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight. Mayweather said the reason why boxer Andre Ward had not received much recognition in the media was because of the colour of his skin. He went on to say that the success and fame enjoyed by McGregor and former UFC champion Ronda Rousey, was based the fact that they were light skinned. Mayweather’s remarks prompted McGregor to respond, while at the same time viciously attacking the American boxer. The quest for the two to fight can arguably be attributed to the remarks made by Mayweather on January 4 2016.
6 May 2016
Tabloid newspaper, The Sun, reported that Mayweather and McGregor had agreed to a multimillion dollar fight. Though this turned out to be false, UFC CEO, Dana White, refuted the reports saying “it’s just tabloid news.” The speed at which the news spread no doubt led the teams of these two fighters to take demands for a match seriously. Three days later, Mayweather and his team issued a statement saying a fight was “possible” between him and McGregor. On May 16, Mayweather mentioned he would only come out of retirement to fight McGregor. After four days, reports claim that Mayweather had offered McGregor $50 million for a potential bout. For the next month, the two exchange ‘pleasantries’ on social media thus further fuelling the rumours of a potential fight between the two.
30 November 2016
During this time, McGregor got licensed by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Soon after McGregor receives his clearance, bookies release odds for the Mayweather Vs McGregor fight, with Mayweather as highly favoured. Subsequently, the whole of January 2017 saw Mayweather, McGregor and Dana White, make offers and counter offers for the fulfilment of the fight.
12 March 2017
On 12 March 2017, Mayweather officially announces his coming out of retirement. He further reiterates his position that he will only fight McGregor. On March 16 2017, for the first time, Dane White admits that a potential fight between Mayweather and McGregor is possible. On May 16 2017, Dana White admits that negotiations are at an advanced stage between Mayweather and McGregor, but the proposed date for the fight which was slated for 16 September 2017, has been set aside as it coincides with the highly anticipated GGG vs. Canelo Alvarez fight.
15 June 2017
This is the date that it all became official. The Nevada Athletic Commission approves the fight between Mayweather and McGregor and sets 26 August 2017 as the fight date. All parties confirm that they are part of the agreement and that the most lucrative fight in combat sports history will be on at the T-mobile Arena on August 26th.