June 14, 2017 | | Comments 0

Worlds will collide in Las Vegas on Aug. 26 when UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor makes his professional boxing debut against future Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a 12-round contest in Las Vegas.

The most talked-about fight in years was officially announced on Wednesday, with Mayweather and McGregor taking to social media to inform their fans while UFC President Dana White appeared on ESPN SportsCenter to discuss the particulars of the match, which will be contested with 10-ounce gloves at 154 pounds. A boxing undercard will be put together by Mayweather’s company, Mayweather Promotions.

“We’ve been in negotiations now for a while and to be honest, negotiations went smooth,” White said. “Floyd is surrounded by some smart people and we got this thing done. The impossible deal is now done.”

“The McGregor clan has been taking over villages for the last 300 years and Floyd’s village is next,” said Conor McGregor

Originally thought to be strictly a fantasy matchup pitting a boxing icon against a mixed martial arts superstar, both Mayweather and McGregor were dead serious about making the fantasy fight a reality. Soon it became very real, with White opening the door for the 155-pound champion to make his move to the boxing ring.

“Conor McGregor is a guy who’s done a lot of good things over the years for this sport and for this company, and he wanted this,” White said. “And obviously the fans wanted it too.”

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