McGregor fight set for August 26

Doug Mendoza
June 19, 2017

And White told Sky Sports News HQ that he thinks the eagerly-awaited clash will be "the biggest in the history of fighting".

Double Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes says he would love to see UFC star Conor McGregor cause a huge upset by defeating boxing legend Floyd Mayweather when they clash on August 26 in Las Vegas.

McGregor is the biggest draw of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and the current lightweight champion - but his sport allows kicking and grappling.

"Oh yeah", White said during a conference call Wednesday night.

"The guy has done awesome things". Since then, McGregor has been shattering records left and right including becoming the first-ever two weight-class world champion last November in his dominant victory over Eddie Alvarez.

"He would go in and do exactly what he said he was going to do".

I want to see this fight. Not only will it break the records here in the United States but we think it is going to break the records globally.

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"If you look at this thing and you look at how big this fight is and you look at how big these athletes are that are involved in this fight, if Conor does knock Floyd Mayweather out, (then) he is the biggest athlete on earth", White said.

The fight - at light-middleweight - will be one of the richest in boxing history with both men each due to bank in excess of £80m. White also said he thinks McGregor could get as much as $75 million. "So it's part of the fun of this fight, is Conor McGregor, in a 12-round fight, gonna be able to touch Floyd Mayweather?". Floyd is 40. Floyd always had problems with southpaws, Conor is a southpaw and Conor hits hard. Now the Vegas odds for the fight stands at -1100 Mayweather, +700 McGregor.

"I don't believe it can ruin boxing at all". "I stopped doubting Conor McGregor a long time ago".

The intrigue for some in this carnival fight surrounds whether McGregor will attempt to fight dirty and mix in some of his MMA strikes either out of frustration or a mental lapse in the heat of battle.

Despite the mismatch, one of the biggest reasons this fight has felt inevitable is because of the money.

UFC kingpin McGregor will be making his professional boxing debut and will be looking to overthrow the legendary fighter at the junior middleweight 154-pound limit.

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