While appearing on NBA on TNT on Wednesday night, UFC President Dana White announced Conor McGregor signed his half of the contract to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match.
White wouldn’t say if the fight was definitely going to happen because he still has to get Mayweather to sign the contract as well, but for the first time since the talk of this unconventional battle began, someone has put pen to pad to agree to the fight.
Here’s the clip from NBA on TNT on Twitter:
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 18, 2017
If the fight happens, as I believe it will, it will almost certainly take place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. That’s been Mayweather’s signature location ever since he became the pound-for-pound king and the undisputed No. 1 box office draw in combat sports.
Mayweather last fought in September 2015 when he won an easy unanimous decision over Andre Berto. In McGregor’s last fight, he won the UFC lightweight title when he stopped Eddie Alvarez. McGregor became the only man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously, though he was forced to relinquish the featherweight title shortly after defeating Alvarez.
If there is an MMA equivalent to Mayweather, as far as drawing power, it is McGregor. Mayweather has headlined five of the six boxing events with the highest gates in Las Vegas. McGregor has headlined four of the top five MMA events of the same distinction.
Their meeting–even in a novelty fight like this–figures to draw an enormous crowd and interest.
The date could be tricky. Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin have already agreed to meet in what promises to be the biggest legitimate boxing match of the year on September 16. White previously expressed some grief that the two middleweights had seemingly taken Mayweather and McGregor’s date.
Perhaps the two will clash on another Saturday in September. If so, fight fans–particulary those who love the sweet science–may have to make a tough choice. Should I spend nearly $200 on pay-per-views in one month?
To avoid potentially coming up on the short end of that situation, White and Mayweather may elect to schedule a date in August for the fight. It’s hard to imagine it happening later, but something tells me we’ll soon find out.
The dream fight feels more like a reality every day.
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