Floyd Mayweather to fight Conor McGregor in boxing match in August

Boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor have confirmed they will fight in Las Vegas on 26 August.

The bout will take place under normal boxing rules, despite Conor McGregor never having boxed as an amateur or professional.

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.

Mayweather, 40, will come out of retirement and put his flawless 49-0 boxing record on the line against UFC champion McGregor in the ring.

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"I'm not saying Conor McGregor's going to win".

It will be a first fight for "Money" Mayweather in two years after he called time on his glittering career with routine points' victory over Andre Berto in September 2015.

The purse for the fight has yet to be disclosed, but it has been reported that each fighter will make over $100 million. As a result, if Mayweather pulls off the victory, he'll become the first boxer to have a ideal 50-0 record.

Earlier, boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya criticized the planned bout between Mayweather and McGregor, saying boxing will not recover from it once the fight pushes through.

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The fight will be televised on pay-per-view on Showtime and would likely gross tens of millions of dollars.

The next two months will be interesting, given the fighters have already been talking trash to one another via social media and that was before anyone really believed this fight was going to happen. Conor McGregor boxing match is finally official.

"He [McGregor] is absolutely 100 percent positive that he wins this fight I stopped doubting Conor McGregor a long time ago", White told ESPN, as quoted by the MMA Fighting. "The impossible deal is now done". Conor McGregor is 27 and he is a southpaw.

Floyd Mayweather is confirmed.

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It's a follow up to a jibe he threw at Mayweather during the week, when he referred to him as 'Floyd senior, his father.

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