Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

Floyd Mayweather withdraws targeted 26 August date for Conor McGregor fight

Damon Campbell | 15 June, 2017, 02:23

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. and MMA superstar Conor McGregor announced they would be fighting on August 26 in what promises to be one of the most intriguing matchups in fight history.

The pair first mooted the idea of a fight in a series of exchanges on social media, in which the Irishman urged Mayweather to step up and sign.

McGregor made a back-handed compliment in this Instagram post - being pointed about how old the 40-year-old Mayweather is. Purse speculation has both fighters earning in excess of $100 million.

It's been widely assumed the bout matching Mayweather, the retired king of boxing, against the reigning UFC lightweight champion would be held at T-Mobile Arena, which might be the reason for the retraction. Now, with the fight official for an August 26 date in Las Vegas, it's time to take the whole betting part of the battle seriously. Mayweather is now listed at -900, with McGregor 700.

In agreement with MGM's Resorts International, both fights could not happen within 3 weeks of each other.

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"I do not have any completed boxing license for McGregor or Mayweather", NSAC executive director Bob Bennett told MMA Fighting.

He will put his 49-0 professional boxing record on the line, with most experts expecting him to be too boxing savvy for McGregor. "Pacquiao's got a really tough fight against this guy in Australia, Jeff Horn and after that fight on July 1st here in the United States if McGregor is still looking for an opponent, Manny Pacquiao is there".

The approved request is for an event to be televised on Showtime, Mayweather's broadcast partner.

Rafael also said that the two fighters originally wanted the date to be set to September 16, but the slot was taken by another highly anticipated match between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.

McGregor has become one of the most recognisable mixed martial artists in the world since he won the UFC featherweight title in December 2015.

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