Floyd Mayweather To Request Fight With Conor McGregor
Veteran boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr is reported to be targeting August 26th as the date he could finally face off with UFC lightweight champion and mixed martial arts mega-star, Conor McGregor. The two fighters have gone back and forth since McGregor took on Eddie Alvarez in late 2016 to become the UFC’s first dual title holder, but had seemed the fight may not ever go ahead, up until now.
A senior writer at ESPN, Dan Rafael has reported that Mayweather Promotions are planning to send a request to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) in order to finally get the ball rolling on a fight that fans from both the boxing and mixed martial arts world are eager to see. The request had previously been added to the agenda for the NSAC’s scheduled meeting on Wednesday, but it has since been removed, however, this is little more than a formality.
A source let ESPN know that Mayweather and McGregor are still likely to be fighting at the T-Mobile Arena at Welterweight, and when an agreement is made then Mayweather Promotions will ask the NSAC to add the date request to their next agenda.
UFC President Dana White has previously said that McGregor’s team had finished their negotiations, and were waiting on Mayweather in order for the bout to become a reality.
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With only about two and a half months remaining before August 26th, it seems that both Mayweather and McGregor’s teams will be scrambling to get the bout agreement signed. Whatever the case may be, the two teams would be wise to get their terms sorted as the Gennady Golovkin (GGG) vs Saul Alvarez event will take place on September 16th.
MGM Resorts International has supposedly said that they would like to keep Mayweather vs McGregor from taking place within three weeks of the GGG-Alvarez bout, with August 26th being exactly three weeks before the high-profile event takes place. Mayweather and McGregor could run the risk of losing pay-per-view purchases from fans who would only purchase one of the two events as a result of the stipulation.
With McGregor having applied for his boxing license in Nevada, it seems the ball is once again in the court of Team Mayweather to apply for their fighter’s license and get this fight happening.
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