FLOYD MAYWEATHER to fight Conor McGregor in boxing match in August.
Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather will meet UFC champion Conor McGregor in a fight that has been described as a “farce” and a “circus” but could earn both men as much as $100m (£78.4m).
American Mayweather, 40, posted a video on Twitter confirming the bout will take place in Las Vegas on 26 August, with the message: “It’s official.”
Irish UFC lightweight champion McGregor, 28, said: “The fight is on,” whilst UFC president Dana White told ESPN: “The impossible deal is now done.”
The fight, at light-middleweight, may well turn out to be, the richest in boxing history.
Mayweather, a former five-weight world champion and widely considered the best boxer of his generation, retired unbeaten in 2015 after 49 bouts.
That followed a successful defence of his WBC and WBA welterweight titles, a victory that equalled Rocky Marciano’s career record of 49-0.
Mayweather retired for the first time in 2008 after 39 fights.
McGregor, who has never boxed professionally, became the UFC’s first dual-division champion in November 2016 and has previously challenged Mayweather to a fight under mixed martial arts rules.
His boxing licence was granted by the California State Athletic Commission in December, allowing him to box in the US state.
White, who took part in negotiations on behalf of McGregor, said: “We have been in talks for a while.
“They went smoothly. Floyd Mayweather surrounds himself with smart people and we got the deal done.
“The reason Conor McGregor’s as big as he is is he’ll fight anybody, anywhere, any time. He will go after Floyd Mayweather and he will try to knock him out.”
White said the fight would take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and would be at 154lbs – light-middleweight, one category up from Mayweather’s last bout in September 2015, when he gained a wide points win over compatriot Andre Berto.
“It’s definitely going to be the biggest fight ever in combat sports history and probably going to be the biggest pay day ever – all sides involved are pretty happy with their deals,” he said.
McGregor has won 21 and lost three of his 24 MMA contests, and White said his style would cause problems for Mayweather.
“Floyd Mayweather is 40 years old, he’s always had problems with southpaws,” added White.
“Conor McGregor is 28 and he is a southpaw. Whenever Conor hits people, they fall. He is 100% positive that he wins this fight, and I stopped doubting him a long time ago.”
Speaking last month, boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya said the contest was “a farce” and “a circus” and feared the impact it would have on the sport.
“Floyd’s and Conor’s motivation is clear. It’s money. In fact, they don’t even pretend it’s not.” said De la Hoya.