Coach Kavanagh calls on Irish boxers to join McGregor undercard

Meanwhile, one of Mayweather's former sparring partners has labelled his lucrative showdown with McGregor a "whitewash" - and says the build-up will be better than the fight.

He will come out of retirement to face UFC's reigning Lightweight Champion in a boxing match at the T-Mobile Arena this August 26.

Not only are Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor the two biggest names in boxing and MMA respectively, the two fighters have been involved in a war of words for some months now. "I go with Mayweather 101 percent", he said.

Forty-year-old Mayweather, who last fought in September 2015 against Andre Berto, will give up an inch in height and two inches of reach to 28-year-old McGregor. I'm not against it.

"Of course it's bad for boxing", said Duva.

"He was great, retired a millionaire and was a great icon for the sport".

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"When you have a Muay Thai fighter in Thailand, they make their career and then they jump into global boxing and many have been very successful".

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Harris: Not likely. McGregor is going to need to charge forward to get in range to land his massive left hand.

"I don't see Floyd Mayweather as this indestructible, undefeatable guy", White claimed.

"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". We do medicals, we do drug testing, weigh-ins and specific boxing matters that helps the promoter with the organisation to conduct safely an event.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor posted on their social media Wednesday that "It's Official!" and "The Fight Is On", hours after an August 26 fight date at the MGM Grand was approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

"It's hard to say if it's a mismatch", Sulaiman told ESPN.

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather will meet UFC champion Conor McGregor in a fight that has been described as a "farce" and a "circus" but could earn both men as much as $100m (£78.4m). It might be some kind of freaky disqualification when McGregor finds out Mayweather doesn't stick his chin out to be hit the way some UFC fighters do or really does try to kick Mayweather when he's down. Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions, said the boxer's team chose to end his 23-month retirement because the clamor for the 154-pound showdown had been impossible to ignore.

Mayweather Jr., on the other hand, took to Twitter to announce what could be the biggest payday in sporting history that is said to be billed at a staggering $500 million.

  • Regina Holmes