Former multi-division boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather has announced he will fight UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) June 14, 2017
After months of speculation, both athletes confirmed the news on social media on Wednesday.
The much-hyped boxing match is set to take place on August 26 in Las Vegas.
THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017
UFC boss Dana White confirmed the venue as the T-Mobile Arena when speaking with US network Sport Centre.
It will be a pay-per-view event through the premium cable channel Showtime.
White revealed McGregor will weigh-in at 154 pounds and said that the Irish sports star is “100 percent positive he will win this fight”.
White said the fight will be a 12-round match with both men using 10 ounce gloves.
Both men stand to earn tens of millions from the fight.
He said he expected McGregor to make US$100 million for the fight in an interview with TMZ but wouldn’t go into details.
The Crumlin fighter signed his side of the deal back in May to take on undefeated Mayweather in the boxing match.
On Tuesday, the Nevada Commission confirmed they will sanction a professional boxing event hosted by Mayweather promotions in late August, – hinting that an official announcement from both parties was iminent.
False rumours suggesting the improbable showdown would be announced have surfaced on numerous occasions in recent months.
But now it’s official, fans can breathe a sigh of relief and gear up for the biggest sporting event of the year.