First Fighter Confirmed For Floyd Mayweather Vs. Conor McGregor Undercard

White predicts records will fall in super fight

"I don't think people are really going to realize, you know, all this talk about, all the guys saying 'Floyd's going to destroy him, Floyd's going to destroy him.' Wait until they meet face to face for the first time and square off, and people see the difference in the size between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather".

Months of negotiating and trolling finally came to an end on Wednesday as a blockbuster bout for August 26 in Las Vegas was confirmed.

"The reason he's such a superstar is this guy will fight anyone, anywhere and at any time", UFC chief Dana White said about his fighter.

"There's so many small decisions that go into the overall big picture", said Paulie Malignaggi, a former world champion who serves as a boxing analyst for Showtime.

That followed a successful defence of his WBC and WBA welterweight titles, a victory that equalled Rocky Marciano's career record of 49-0.

At the same time, Floyd Mayweather will have a lot to prove as well.

The Irishman became the first UFC fighter to hold two belts simultaneously when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez in NY last November for the lightweight championship.

His boxing licence was granted by the California State Athletic Commission in December, allowing him to box in the USA state.


"Mayweather retired as champion so he was awarded the champion emeritus and we never thought he would return to boxing", Sulaiman told ESPN. It will take place the week after WWE's SummerSlam, and I'm sure WWE is extremely grateful for that little bit of kindness.

Heerden says that even if McGregor does land a lucky blow, he still won't have enough power to knock out Floyd, reminding the reporter that "Money" Mayweather's been hit by much harder punchers than Conor and survived. Malignaggi praised McGregor's hand skills and striking ability and said the fighter's balance could be solid.

"It's a very good opportunity to show an MMA fighter is a well-rounded fighter, they can win in MMA fights, and also in boxing", Li said through a translator.

McGregor has taken this year off because of the birth of his son.

He has launched something he calls the "Mayweather Challenge" because he is "tired of people on social media bragging they live a certain lifestyle when they don't".

It was no surprise then that Mayweather opened as the overwhelming favorite at most sports books, typically requiring gamblers to bet $1,100 to win back $100.

Mayweather's resume includes boxing sessions against world-class pugilists Oscar De La Hoya, Diego Corrales, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez and Pacquiao.

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