Mayweather vs McGregor, a contest which was first mooted in May 2016, is provisionally slated to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Once terms with Mayweather and Showtime are set, fight promoters will bring the fight date proposal to Nevada regulators. It is unclear whether it was a mistake or whether McGregor did it on goal, as he is known to provoke his opponents.
One unnamed official stated that 26 August was not "a realistic timetable" for a potential Mayweather vs McGregor fight, however, claims that talks are "progressing slowly" with UFC president Dana White also being actively involved. Both fighters are noted for their ability to sell their fights, and both have exchanged in trash talking and more to promote their bouts.
Mayweather made the announcement on Twitter, confirming that the undefeated champion will come out of his 23-month retirement at age 40 to face McGregor on August 26.
The highly-anticipated rematch will take place June 17th at the Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, according to multiple reports.
Two years later, the opportunity has arisen and both Mayweather and McGregor took to social media Wednesday to announce the news.
"Floyd did all his business with the MGM", Mayweather continued, discussing the MGM Grand as a possible location rather than the T-Mobile Arena.
The pay-per-view revenue for the event would likely gross tens of millions of dollars.
The odds had listed Mayweather as a -2500 favorite, with McGregor listed as a +1100.
It is a stunning development given that Mayweather, the greatest boxer of his era, had said he was retired after compiling a 49-0 pro record from 1996 through 2015.