The super-fight between undefeated boxing star Floyd Maybeather and UFC World Champion Conor McGregor is inching closer… or is it?
When & where is the fight?
We can assume that the fight will take place in Las Vegas and rumors suggest in late August, specifically August 26 because Mayweather Promotions have booked the MGM Grand for that night for an undisclosed ‘boxing event’. Mayweather’s promotional company has also booked out the venue for July 29, but that date is most likely being used for the Mikey Garcia-Adrien Broner fight.
Not so fast
Over the weekend, some news broke that an August date doesn’t have a chance to be a realistic timetable for the fight. If they can’t get a deal done for the date, it is believed the fight will be pushed back to November due to scheduling issues at the venue and the reluctance to “compete for mainstream sporting fans’ interest against postseason baseball in October.”
Mayweather has said he would return only to face McGregor in a fight that’s expected to challenge many of Mayweather’s financial and PPV records.
McGregor, who last fought for the UFC in November before taking a six-month break for the birth of his first child, recently applied for a boxing license in Nevada, though his application has not yet been completed.
Potential purse $$
The rumor is that the fight will have a 50-50 purse split. UFC President Dana White has said, depending on how much the fight sells and if it sells like it should, Floyd should make about $100 million and Conor should make $75 million.
The good news is that talks are reportedly progressing, just not at the speed we want. The bad news is that we still have no idea if this fight is actually going to happen.