It’s official! Current UFC lightweight king Conor McGregor will face boxing legend Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather on August 26 in one of the biggest fights in combat sports history.
Unbeaten Mayweather, now 40 years old, took to Twitter to make the announcement, confirming the bout will take place in Las Vegas with the message: “It’s official.”
Mixed martial arts’ McGregor, 28, has never competed in a professional boxing match, sparking criticism over the credibility of the fight.
It’s certainly got plenty talking, and a host of North East fighters have had their say on the controversial bout.
North East MMA legend Colin ‘Freakshow’ Fletcher said: “It’s very interesting and fun to be fair.
“We in the entertainment industry and, to be honest, I feel like that’s the biggest part of this fight. It’s about the hype and the money generated for everyone involved.
“These are two of the most gifted combat athletes on the planet so it’s a must-see.”
Fletcher has a huge fight announced himself, as it was announced this week that he will be facing Scotland’s Chris Bungard for the British Lightweight Championship at Made4TheCage25 on September 2 at Rainton Meadows Arena.
Another fighter on that card is highly touted South Shields prospect Joe Millward, he also had his say on McGregor vs. Mayweather.
“I hope Conor bursts him, simple,” Millward said.
“It will only increase MMA popularity and revenue for our future as fighters, and shows we can do their sport but they couldn’t possibly do ours.”
Mixed martial arts’ progression over the last twenty years has been staggering, with many people thinking this announcement is validation of the rise in popularity of the sport as a whole.
Sunderland fighter Cal ‘Pacino’ Ellenor is another of the region’s up and coming MMA fighters but he feels it may be a tough night for McGregor: “I think it’s entertaining but I think what a lot of people don’t understand is, there are levels to boxing, just as there are in any sport.
“McGregor has zero professional boxing experience and only a small amount of amateur boxing experience.
“Sure McGregor has range and is a southpaw but it’s all about positions, people don’t think about this kind of thing.
“You’re talking about arguably the best boxer of all time fighting a guy with 0-0 professional boxing record. In a fight anything can happen, of course, but I genuinely don’t see any other result than Floyd winning the fight, I actually think he will TKO McGregor in the second half of the fight.”
The huge event will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and is set to make both McGregor and Mayweather somewhere in the region of $100million, making it one of the most lucrative fights in history.
South Shields’ former Cage Warriors champion Alex Enlund has said it best: “I think it’s entertaining, I don’t see why so many people are complaining just enjoy it!“
Words by Ben Holden
Source : Chroniclelive