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15th Jun 2017

REVEALED: Weight, gloves, promoter and network involved in McGregor vs. Mayweather

It's really happening

Darragh Murphy

We’ve got a fight.

Conor McGregor is set to take to make his professional boxing debut in the most daunting circumstances imaginable, as he attempts to lay his notorious left hand on the jaw of the man who may well be the most unhittable fighter in history.

Wednesday evening brought confirmation that Floyd Mayweather will come out of retirement so that he can welcome the mouthiest MMA fighter of all time to the boxing ring.

McGregor vs. Mayweather will take place on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fox Sports confirmed the details of the boxing match.

The bout will take place at 154lbs, a weight which most likely benefit ‘The Notorious’, who will be the bigger man on the night.

McGregor spent most of his mixed martial arts career competing at 145lbs but has most recently fought at 155lbs, the weight at which he claimed the UFC lightweight title last November.

Mayweather, meanwhile, has only fought at 154lbs on a handful of occasions and didn’t have to cut much (if any) weight to do so.

It was suggested that Mayweather would put his foot down and argue for a fight at the weight limit of 147lbs but that would have required a more taxing weight cut from the Irishman, who seems to have won the argument and got Mayweather to agree to a 154lbs contest.

In terms of glove size, both men will wear 10-ounce gloves in the tilt, which will be sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

In spite of several mixed martial artists’ insistence that they would be open to competing in similar boxing vs. MMA clashes, the card will be a boxing event that will be primarily promoted by Mayweather Promotions.

In the United States, Showtime will cover the pay-per-view which will almost certainly break records given the drawing power of both men involved.