Here. We. Go.
After years of speculation, rumors and social-media jabs, two of the world’s foremost fighters will finally be stepping into the ring to face each other.
UFC star Conor McGregor will fight former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Both fighters made it official on social media, with McGregor already taking the early trash-talking lead by posting a side-by-side picture of himself and Mayweather’s … father.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) June 14, 2017
THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017
Following Wednesday’s shocking announcement, the sports world immediately exploded with excitement, outrage and surprise.
UFC president Dana White and fellow fighters were quick to express their thoughts about McGregor’s quick rise through the sport and his chances against Mayweather, who is heavily favored.
— Dana White (@danawhite) June 14, 2017
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— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) June 14, 2017
— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) June 14, 2017
My best case scenario for #MayweatherMcGregor : Floyd smacks Connor around for 3 rds, Connor starts throwing kicks, riot ensues. 🔥🔥🔥
— caleb truax (@GoldenCalebT) June 14, 2017
Floyd doing it because he’s bored and Connor is getting his largest payout. We know who’s gonna win the fight cut it out …
— Suzy (@Sua_Cravens) June 14, 2017
Boom! Excited for this! https://t.co/iNjhIvqV33
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) June 14, 2017
Conor cracks Mayweather with that left, Mayweather goes down, doesn’t get back up…
The most incredible accomplishment by any athlete ever?
— Cathal Pendred (@Pendred) June 14, 2017
Celebrities and media members also weighed in on the upcoming fight.
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) June 14, 2017
I want to fight on Mayweather-McGregor undercard
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) June 14, 2017
4 years ago, Conor McGregor picked up a welfare check of $235.
He’ll likely walk away with $100,000,000+ from Mayweather fight.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 14, 2017
I know it won’t be a great fight. I know it’s a joke. I know I will regret it. But I’m in. #MayweatherMcGregor
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) June 14, 2017
I will pick the undefeated all-time great boxer over the guy who has zero professional boxing matches
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) June 14, 2017
If you thought Mayweather-Pacquiao was a waste of time, boy do I have a fight for you.
— Jeremy Schaap (@JeremySchaap) June 14, 2017
UFC president Dana White said the megafight, which will air on Showtime PPV, will be at 154 pounds.
A two-division UFC champion, McGregor (21-3 in MMA), 28, will be making his professional boxing debut. The 40-year-old Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) last fought in September 2015, when he beat Andre Berto to retain his welterweight world title.