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Mauro Ranallo to call Mayweather vs. McGregor for Showtime

Mauro Ranallo to call Mayweather vs. McGregor for Showtime

The pair meet in a super-welterweight (154 pounds) boxing match which will also be Irishman McGregor's first professional contest and presents Mayweather with the chance to improve his record to 50-0.

"You guys know how I feel about Conor McGregor". The fight will take place August 26 in the American boxing capital of Las Vegas.

Irish UFC lightweight champion McGregor, 28, said: "The fight is on", whilst UFC president Dana White told ESPN: "The impossible deal is now done". "But I don't see him bringing boxing ability that counter acts Mayweather". Tickets for the event are already being sold for exorbitant prices and it is expected that the entire event will be sold out months prior to the fight.

His boxing licence was granted by the California State Athletic Commission in December, allowing him to box in the U.S. state. And unlike in boxing where oddsmakers have the undefeated Mayweather as a big favorite against the UFC star, they're pretty evenly matched when it comes to smack talk.

Mayweather announced the fight on his Instagram account with graphic saying "IT'S OFFICIAL!", showing pictures of both fighters and listing Las Vegas as the location.

"Conor told me this morning the McGregor clan has been taking over villages for 300 years", White said, "and that Floyd's village is next".

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Following a brief video that hit the internet on Thursday (June 15), another longer clip is here, offering a full look at the UFC star's sparring session with the former IBO welterweight champion. just days after both McGregor and Floyd Mayweather announced their megafight, which takes place August 26th in Las Vegas.

White on if this will be the biggest fight in combat sports ever: "It's the biggest fight in combat sports and biggest payday ever".

White said they would wear 10 ounce boxing gloves and added that his MMA client McGregor is confident of victory.

In case you need reminding where that particular turn of phrase comes from, let us remind you of the time when McGregor stole the soul of a fearless but unknowing Jeremy Stephens, a featherweight who dared test his skills on the microphone against "The Notorious" previous year.

He has launched something he calls the "Mayweather Challenge" because he is "tired of people on social media bragging they live a certain lifestyle when they don't". The greatest defensive fighter of his time against a guy who has never thrown a punch in a pro boxing match?

Mayweather's resume includes boxing sessions against world-class pugilists Oscar De La Hoya, Diego Corrales, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez and Pacquiao.

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