The farce…er…fight of the century is on.
Boxing star Floyd Mayweather is coming out of a nearly two-year long retirement to face UFC star Conor McGregor on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.
Yahoo’s Kevin Iole first reported the story, which evolved fairly quickly — unlike the negotiations in boxing’s last megafight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Both fighters confirmed the news on social media. McGregor went first with a Tweet.
THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017
And then Mayweather followed up via Instagram.
The contest, which will use boxing rules (meaning McGregor can’t use any of his mixed martial arts techniques) is considered to be nothing short of a joke by most boxing observers. At 49-0, Mayweather is considered to be the best boxer of his generation. McGregor, conversely, has never fought in a professional boxing match.
That, however, didn’t stop the Nevada State Athletic Commission from sanctioning the bout — which is expected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars despite the conventional wisdom that it is a complete mismatch.
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