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(June 14th) Whether you believe it’s good for boxing or not, it was announced earlier today the long time greatly hyped boxing superlight between Las Vegas self-proclaimed “Best Ever” Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Dublin, Ireland’s, UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor was announced for August 26th where else but in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas anchored “King” of A side negotiations, Mayweather, 49-0, 26Ko’s much criticized for his selective picking and avoidance tactics comes in off a second retirement having tied Rocky Marciano’s heavyweight unbeaten record in his last outing September 12th, 2015 a twelve round unanimous decision win over Andre Berto.
Turning 30 years old two weeks before the fight, McGregor, with his only competitive boxing experience coming in the amateurs as a teen 24-3 in professional MMA having claimed Featherweight and Lightweight titles in the UFC last appearing at UFC 205 in November, where he scored a second-round knockout of Eddie Alvarez to claim the UFC Lightweight title will be making his pro boxing debut.
While the TMZ "sweet science" fans clamor for another Mayweather siting some call it a WWE styled event wondering how the Nevada State Athletic Commission could sanction a fight between a former world champion and a pro debuting boxer, others just chalk it up to another Mayweather picking for the so called record breaking 50th win.
For the record, 49-0 is a heavyweight record and take away the Mayweather money grabbing smoke and mirrors 50 has been done. To name a few let's start with Jimmy Wilde who went 93-0-1 to start a career that went 132-3-1. Then there is Julio Cesar Chavez who won his first 87 bouts finishing 108-6-2. How about Packey McFarland who retired at 70-0-5. The great Willie Pep went 62-0 finally losing to Sammy Angott 134-1-1 (no Berto) retiring 229-11-1. Ricardo López went 51-0-1 defending his title 21 times before he called it quits and Carlos Zarate winning his first 52, 51 of those coming by way of knockout finally losing to then unbeaten future Hall of Famer Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez.
Ticket, PPV and venue information is expected to be announced soon.