Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather announce their fight date

Laura Christensen
June 15, 2017

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a request from Mayweather Promotions to promote a boxing event on August 26, according to ESPN's Brett Okamoto.

As for Mayweather, he turned 40 years old earlier this year and hasn't stepped between the ropes since 2015 when he retired from the sport of boxing.

It doesn't appear that August 26th will be the date that Floyd Mayweather faces off with Conor McGregor after all. It is unclear whether it was a mistake or whether McGregor did it on goal, as he is known to provoke his opponents.

Mayweather, considered by many one of boxing's all-time greats, posted on his Instagram account: "It's official!" alongside an promo image of the two men. Both fighters are noted for their ability to sell their fights, and both have exchanged in trash talking and more to promote their bouts. The superfight with McGregor is expected to draw record revenues, likely to compete with the over $600 million that Mayweather's superfight with Manny Pacquiao was able to pull in.

White made an appearance on SportsCenter and said that UFC champion McGregor firmly believes that he can defeat Mayweather. It comes less than a month before Golovkin and Alvarez meet in a highly anticipated fight that could rival it for pay-per-view buys.

In any case, the stage is set for one of combat sports' most polarizing and controversial crossover matches, and it will draw some absolutely huge numbers despite the tentative opinion it's received among hardcore fight fans. There were reports that Mayweather retracted the date request, but it was placed back on the NSAC's agenda Tuesday night.

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.

To be clear, Bob Bennett said, that could change again before Wednesday morning's meeting in Las Vegas.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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