A generation's greatest boxer will face a UFC superstar in a boxing match on August 26 in Las Vegas. No one is making predictions, but it's likely the hybrid fight will at least end up in second place in pay-per-view sales behind the $400 million or so brought in by the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.
There is absolutely no point in creating a "Who wins?" poll, because that's what everyone is doing, so here's a different one.
The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was built up for nearly five years, and their highly anticipated fight finally became a reality in 2015, setting the a new mark in combat sports with around 4.5 million pay-per-view buys and a gate of $72 million. Dana White says "I think we will" see him compete again, and the August date provides McGregor an opportunity to headline the UFC's New Year's Eve show on December 30th.
Of course, the one question which generates the most intrigue for combat sports fans is, does The Notoroious UFC lightweight champion have any chance in a boxing ring against the undefeated, 49-0, ex-pound for pound king of the sport, arguably one the greatest boxers of all time? Though he hasn't boxed professionally, McGregor did box while growing up and is known for his striking expertise in UFC.
"[McGregor] doesn't win in a boxing match", former undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson told Sirius XM 93.
There's huge money at stake, even for a fighter who made more than $200 million for beating Pacquiao.
The lack of cohesion between the two sports appears to be a disadvantage for Irishman McGregor, who will be fighting on his opponent's terms. Mayweather has fought all 12 rounds in all of his last 7 fights, so stamina is not a problem for the boxer.
Mayweather apparently learned about McGregor's verbal skills even before his fighting acumen, according to Mayweather adviser Leonard Ellerbe. Mayweather, at the age of 40, will also be the much older competitor in this bout against a 28 year-old McGregor in his prime.
A win for Mayweather would move him ahead of former heavyweight great Rocky Marciano, who also retired with a flawless 49-0 career record.
"Floyd said '154 is no problem, I don't want a catchweight, '" Ellerbe said. The opening line was -1,000 on Mayweather (1/10) and +700 on McGregor (7/1), and that's still where the numbers are today. Pulling off a knockout win, he said, would make McGregor "the biggest athlete on earth".
The training between the two men went well, however after the fact, McGregor posted footage of the session, with him getting the better of the South African champ in the footage posted.
UFC's senior vice-president of global and content Joe Carr acknowledged the high-profile nature of the showdown, but said such a fight would likely be "more of an exception than the rule".