Floyd Mayweather Jr. said today he will come out of retirement to face UFC star Conor McGregor in a boxing match on August 26.
The date for the most ludicrous professional bout since Rocky Balboa took on wrestling champion “Thunderlips” in Rocky III has been set.
He will be exiting a 23-month retirement at the age of 40 to face McGregor, according to ESPN.
And while many expect Mayweather to dominate the contest against the relatively inexperienced boxer, UFC president White reckons McGregor could give the undefeated champion a hard time in the bout.
Mayweather has never lost a boxing match in his entire career, going 49-0 before retiring from every fight except this one.
The fight will be one of the most anticipated sporting events of the last 25 years.
On the call, it was revealed that the fight would be a 12-round affair, taking place at 154 pounds with 10-ounce gloves.
Mayweather is widely regarded as one of the best defensive fighters ever and prides himself on his ability to evade punishment with his movement and to adjust on the fly.
The moment the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight was announced Wednesday, McGregor was billed as a considerable underdog.
This fight has received almost mythical levels of hype, and you better believe a hefty proportion of the planet is keen to see Mayweather’s imperious record turn from 49-0 to 49-1, so that $100M figure might not be so ridiculous. Showtime will air the fight via pay-per-view, although a purchase price has not been determined. The biggest question left to answer: will people actually tune in to watch McGregor and Mayweather go at it? Conor is a mixed martial artist going into a boxing match with arguably the greatest boxer of all time.