Location and info for the long-awaited Mayweather-McGregor fight.
The long-anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will go down August 26 in Las Vegas.
The fight was initially scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena because the Big3 basketball league had booked T-Mobile Arena, the city’s premier venue, for its championship game. The Big3 worked out a deal a month later with Mayweather Promotions, the UFC and MGM Resorts to move the fight to T-Mobile and the Big3 game to MGM.
The MGM arena is 22 years older than T-Mobile Arena and has 3,000 fewer seats for boxing matches.
The fight was long-rumored in the works, with some reported debate about the payouts and stakes. The MMA star makes the move into boxing to face 40-year-old Mayweather, who retired in September 2015. British tabloid The Sun ran a story in May 2016 claiming that the two were “on the verge of agreeing [to a] billion dollar mega-fight.” UFC president Dana White swiftly shot down the rumors and Mayweather admitted to planting the story.
Talk of a bout heated up significantly in January when McGregor said he expected his next fight to be a boxing match against Mayweather. Floyd said in March that he was “officially out of retirement for Conor McGregor.”