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Mayweather-McGregor showdown set for Aug. 26 at MGM Grand

By Leo Reyes     Jun 14, 2017 in Sports
The long-awaited boxing fight between unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) king Conor McGregor is now official and it will take place on August 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
The announcement was posted by Mayweather on his Instagram account on Wednesday saying, IT'S OFFICIAL," with photo of both fighters posted with the message.
The Mayweather-McGregor fight has been under negotiation for about two years. Initially, Mayweather insisted he will stay retired after beating Andre Berto via a unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in September 2015.
Before the Berto fight, Mayweather figured in a historic fight against Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao in May 2015. The fight which took more than five years to make, became the highest-grossing pay-per-view (PPV) fight in boxing history.
In March this year, Mayweather announced he was coming out of retirement to face McGregor in a boxing fight. He later made it clear that he is coming back to face McGregor only and no one else in a boxing match. McGregor is an MMA fighter and has not fought as a professional boxer.
Mayweather has yet to lose in a boxing fight with 49 wins to his credit. He has so far duplicated Rocky Marciano's career record of 49 wins without a single loss. Mayweather dreams of surpassing that record with a win over McGregor on Aug. 26 to become the first boxer in history to to win 50 fights without a loss.
Obviously, Mayweather will be hitting two birds with one stone. Aside from the huge revenue the fight is expected to generate owing to McGregor's immense popularity among MMA fans, he isn't likely to lose against McGregor who has yet to debut as a professional boxer.
The proposed boxing fight has generated interest among boxing and MMA fans following a massive awareness campaign by the promoters of both sides to determine how the fight will play out in the pay-per-view (PPV) marketplace.
Because of the immense popularity of both fighters, it appears that the fight will sell but fans aren't sure at this time if its a fight worth watching from the competitiveness standpoint. Read more:
Mayweather has earned over $200 million when he fought Pacquiao in 2015. While the McGregor fight won't dwarf the revenue generated by the historic Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, there are persistent reports that due to the immense popularity of McGregor among MMA fans, the fight could generate at least half of what Mayweather and Pacquiao made in 2015.
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