The impossible fight that would never happen is on the verge of actually happening. And probably sooner than you think.
Despite the multiple hurdles needed to organize a boxing match between retired fighter Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor, it appears the deal is almost done. It was reported a few weeks ago that McGregor and his employers (Dana White and the UFC) had agreed on their end of the deal. White had told media that he would start negotiating with Mayweather on their cut of the payday, which is estimated to be one of the most lucrative fights in history.
A recent report from BloodyElbow says that Mayweather Promotions has booked out the MGM Grand Arena for August 26:
“Mayweather Promotions will promote a professional boxing event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. This event will be televised on Showtime.”
There are no announced fights yet for this card. Also of note is that the UFC doesn’t have anything scheduled that night, which means that a McGregor vs. Mayweather bout would have little competition for eyeballs. White has previously stated that if the fight does happen, it will be under the Mayweather Promotions banner. It’s the first time the UFC have wavered on not being the main name in a promotion (they famously refused to co-promote with M1-Global when Feder Emelienko was rumored to be fighting Randy Couture or Brock Lesnar).
Booking the arena isn’t the only clue that this fight is imminent, though. McGregor recently made this post on Instagram, suggesting a “BIG” announcement is forthcoming.
One last interesting thing about the August 26 date is that it’s three weeks before the September 16 Canelo Alvarez vs. GGG fight that is being put on by the rival Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya’s company. Mayweather and the UFC would love to steal some of the hype (and some of the money) that would otherwise be attracted by the biggest boxing fight of the year that doesn’t involve Floyd and Conor.
McGregor has also said he wants to get back inside the UFC octagon before the end of 2017, so if this fight with Floyd Mayweather is going to happen, it better happen soon. August 26 sounds good to us!