The long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor has finally been confirmed, with the two superstars set to square off in the ring Aug. 26. After months of negotiations, the two prolific fighters have agreed to square off at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
What are the rules for this once-in-a-lifetime bout?
Type of match: Boxing
Rounds: 12 three-minute rounds
Weight: 154 pounds – light middleweight
Gloves: 8 oz.
Channel: Showtime PPV
The fighters were originally scheduled to use ten-ounce gloves but the Nevada Athletic Commission unanimously approved a request by both fighters to make the change.
There is language in the contract that forbids McGregor from using any of his MMA moves during the fight. UFC President Dana White confirmed this news:
“He would get sued beyond belief if he does anything but hit Floyd Mayweather with his hands to the head and body,” said White. “It would be very bad. That can’t happen. There’s actually language in the contract that that can’t happen.”
The purse for the fight has yet to be disclosed, but it has been reported that each fighter will make over $100 million. Dana White told ESPN that everyone involved with the fight is “very happy” with the deal.
Mayweather reportedly earned approximately $330 million for his victory against Manny Pacquiao in 2015, and the fight against McGregor is expected to shatter any gate and pay-per-view records, according to news.com.au.
Due to the type of match, Mayweather will enter the bout as a heavy favorite. Mayweather is a five-division world champion and has a 49-0 record. He will be exiting a 23-month retirement at the age of 40 to face McGregor.
McGregor, a 28-year-old southpaw, is the first UFC fighter to simultaneously hold titles in two different divisions and one of the best MMA fighters in the world. He will be making his professional boxing debut against Mayweather, one of the greatest boxers in history.
In Mayweather’s last fight, he defeated Andre Berto in a unanimous decision to tie Rocky Marciano’s undefeated record of 49-0. Mayweather was credited with winning every single round on one of the judges’ scorecards.
McGregor last fought on Nov. 12, 2016, when he defeated Eddie Alvarez three-minutes and four-seconds into the second round and took home the UFC lightweight title.