Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Sport | By Charlene Craig

Mayweather coming back to fight UFC star McGregor

Mayweather coming back to fight UFC star McGregor

One of his new jobs was as sparring partner with McGregor in 2016, when the Mayweather fight was in the early planning stages.

Put them together in a ring, though, and it's an absolute mismatch.

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"Mayweather is 40 years old, he has always had problems with southpaws". And the reasons for that are (or should be) obvious, as Mayweather hasn't lost a bout in his 20-year professional career, and McGregor is crossing over sports to make his boxing debut. "This will be a good fight because it's the first time that an MMA fighter and boxer will fight", said Rosauro.

This could be 12 rounds of tedium on August 26 in Las Vegas that makes Mayweather-Pacquiao look like Hagler-Hearns in comparison.

For UFC star McGregor in particular, the earnings, which could top $50 million for him and nine figures for Mayweather, will be unlike anything he has sampled in mixed martial arts.

After all, according to Pacquiao, the success of the fight will depend largely on the reception of fans.

That's no knock on McGregor, who is a ferocious puncher in the octagon with a personality to match his power.

White on the UFC's involvement in the fight: "None".

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This fight does have my interest, though, just for the sake of seeing an all-time great boxer square off against one of the biggest superstars in MMA history.

"Conor told me this morning the McGregor clan has been taking over villages for 300 years", White said, "and that Floyd's village is next".

If this was a reality show it would be a hit in the ratings.

McGregor just started this yesterday.

Mayweather, a former five-weight world champion and widely considered the best boxer of his generation, retired unbeaten in 2015 after 49 bouts. "I thought it would be an impossible deal to do, but it was the right fight at the right time and we got it done".

Las Vegas certainly agrees with oddsmakers listing Mayweather as an 11-1 favorite. It would be even higher than that, but UFC fans will be lining up with $20 bills in hand to bet their man as an underdog.

The broadcast team for the Floyd Mayweather vs.

Regardless of what anyone thinks about the competitors or the matchup, this fight is a milestone in sports history and the build-up has been and should continue to be legendary, drawing eyeballs from every corner of the globe. Someone else will have to watch over the strip club for a few months while he focuses on the task at hand.

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