Jai Bednall and James Matthey news. TWO years ago — immediately after Floyd Mayweather outpointed Manny Pacquiao in what was then the biggest fight in history — Conor McGregor posted an eerily prophetic tweet. Boxing is not the style of fighting to stop him.
It's on! The August 26 rumble in Las Vegas between Mayweather -- boxing's top-ever earner coming out of retirement with a record -- and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, will likely be the biggest payday in the history of the sport.
Forty-year-old Mayweather, who last fought in September against Andre Berto, will give up an inch in height and two inches of reach to year-old McGregor. Read More McGregor began as a youth boxer in his native city of Dublin, but has never boxed professionally.
The left-hander is known for his aggressive style and counterpunching, earning 18 of his 21 mixed martial arts wins by knockout.
UFC fight cards involving their two biggest stars, Ronda Rousey and McGregor in particular, net between 1 million and 2 million pay-per-view purchases, topping everybody in the boxing game except Mayweather. Boxing, on the other hand, has continued to decline.
He avenged the Diaz loss with a decision victory five months later. McGregor announced his signing on Wednesday with an Instagram post appearing to poke fun of Mayweather, showing a split photo of himself and Floyd Mayweather Sr.
Although Mayweather's father, a former boxer and top trainer, returned to his son's camp of late, the two were estranged for many years. Mayweather Sr. It is not clear whether father and son will be reunited for another bout.
Biggest purse in boxing history? Given the two-year build-up of social media sparring between the flashy opponents, the heavyweight purse at stake in this super welterweight bout was simply too much to resist.
It's not quite Jessie Owens racing against horse -- a contest which Owens won , incidentally -- or Muhammed Ali farcically fighting Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki in a exhibition, but it's an odd pairing nonetheless. They have grappling skills and if they get you on the floor, you know, for the average athlete it's all over," he added.
No contest baby.