Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match has been revealed, and fans of Showtime Boxing should be familiar with the crew.
Mauro Ranallo, who recently signed on with Bellator MMA and previously worked with Strikeforce and the WWE will handle the play-by-play. Legendary boxing analyst and Hall of Famer Al Bernstein will provide the color analysis along with former world champion Paulie Malignaggi.
Veteran ringside reporter Jim Gray will handle his normal duties, while Steve Farhood will be the unofficial ringside scorer and Brian Custer will host the card. This is the exact team that handles all of Showtime Boxing’s major events.
Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather takes place on Saturday, August 26 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, the two biggest attractions in combat sports, will meet in a 12-round boxing match Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
To promote the fight, the two are doing a four-day, four-city, three-country tour, which began Tuesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. They’ll be in Toronto on Wednesday, Brooklyn on Thursday and London on Friday.
Conor McGregor for turning his dream of competing against Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match into reality. However, he hopes that once “The Notorious” is done with his crossover into the ring, he comes back to the octagon to defend his UFC lightweight title.
Mayweather and McGregor each had their moments during the presser as they got their digs in at each other.
Here was SN’s live coverage of the first stop of the Mayweather vs. McGregor world tour (all times Eastern).
6:12: Ranallo, Maglianaggi and Schaub are discussing who won the presser. They are saying Mayweather won because he went and McGregor gave him plenty of material.
Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) has been gunning for a crack at the UFC belt during his current nine-fight winning streak at 155 pounds. McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) has been absent from the division since capturing the title from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November, and in the meantime “El Cucuy” has attempted to position himself as the next to challenge for the gold.
The contest will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with the Nevada State Athletic Commission having approved the date for a Mayweather Promotions fight, Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett confirmed.
Bennett did not confirm as yet that McGregor will a get a boxing license from the state administrators, though that now seems a formality.
Mayweather was immediately placed 11-1 favourite in a fight that will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules. It will take place at 154 pounds.
McGregor, who has never boxed professionally, became the UFC’s first dual-division champion in November 2016 and has previously challenged Mayweather to a fight under mixed martial arts rules.
His boxing licence was granted by the California State Athletic Commission in December, allowing him to box in the US state.
White, who took part in negotiations on behalf of McGregor, said: “We have been in talks for a while.
“They went smoothly. Floyd Mayweather surrounds himself with smart people and we got the deal done.
“The reason Conor McGregor’s as big as he is is he’ll fight anybody, anywhere, any time. He will go after Floyd Mayweather and he will try to knock him out.
When Mayweather defeated Filipino Manny Pacquiao on points in May 2015, the fight set a new American pay-per-view record of 4.6 million buys, and White expects that figure to be beaten.
“It’s definitely going to be the biggest fight ever in combat sports history and probably going to be the biggest pay day ever – all sides involved are pretty happy with their deals,” he said.
Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions, added: “There is a different feel from the Pacquiao fight. It is the unknown factor.
“There is not one place I go to with Floyd where he doesn’t get asked the question: ‘Floyd, are you going to fight Conor McGregor?’ All Floyd thinks about is fighting Conor McGregor.”
McGregor has won 21 and lost three of his 24 MMA contests, and White said his style would cause problems for Mayweather.
“Floyd Mayweather is 40 years old, he’s always had problems with southpaws,” added White.