The UFC president revealed discussions with the rapper Ice Cube over the use of the T-Mobile Arena on August 26 are ‘running smoothly and in the right direction
Lennox Lewis is the latest former boxing champion to ridicule Floyd Mayweather’s upcoming fight against UFC star Conor McGregor, insisting that the Irishman has zero chance of upsetting the undefeated American. Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor Live Boxing
The pair announced last week that they will fight in Las Vegas on August 26, to the delight of fans worldwide.
However, reaction to the announcement from the boxing community has been mixed to say the least, with a number of former professionals questioning the integrity of the contest.
McGregor boasting 4.5m Twitter followers and a huge 15.8m Instagram users following Mayweather.
The unbeaten American posted a video of himself in which it is clear he has lost nothing of his trademark hand speed, while McGregor was filmed working the bag as he prepares himself for the switch from MMA to boxing
When Floyd Mayweather’s much anticipated boxing match against Conor McGregor was announced last one month, there was still one significant problem that needed to be solved: the 20,000-capacity T-Mobile Arena scheduled to host the blockbuster fight had been double booked.
Rapper Ice Cube had already booked the venue for his BIG3 basketball league on the night of August 26, and quickly claimed he had little intention of rescheduling.
However, UFC president Dana White has revealed the negotiations with the rapper are running smoothly and that he expects an agreement to be worked out between the two parties very soon, adding that the issue was “blown way out of proportion” anyway.
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor meet in Las Vegas in August after ending many months of speculation over whether they would fight.
The pair are giants in fighting – Mayweather, still unbeaten after 49 professional bouts; McGregor the biggest name in UFC.
Preparations for the fight are well and truly under way, with both competitors already in training. Indeed, the social media war has already begun
After his initial stance that he would not reschedule his event, Ice Cube appeared to reconsider his position. Late last month, he claimed he would be willing to move his event if he was paid compensation from the organisers of the Mayweather v McGregor bout.
“Of course,” he said live on television when asked if a monetary solution could convince him to vacate the T-Mobile Arena on August 26. “If they do what they’re supposed to do and make us happy, yeah we’ll move
The 28-year-old Irishman can also be seen connecting with a left jab, the picture accompanied by the words “Full 74 inch reach. And I’m in Orthodox”.
And with his opponent seen backed up against the ropes in a third photo, McGregor writes “Get into that corner”.
Few are expecting the UFC lightweight champion to trouble Mayweather despite his punching power and he has been installed as a 5-1 underdog by bookmakers.
He trained at a gym in his native Dublin as a youngster but has never previously boxed as an amateur or professional, while former multi-weight world champion Mayweather compiled a 49-0 record before retiring two years ago.
A somewhat humble Mayweather wrote on his post: “I know I’m not the same fighter I was 20 years ago, I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago…
“As a matter of fact, I’m not the same fighter I was 5 years ago, I’m just an old legend putting in work in 16oz gloves.”
In a departure from his own brash personality, McGregor was similarly straightforward, writing simply: “You’ve never seen these moves
Las Vegas Strip, opened in April 2016 and has a capacity of 20,000 for combat sports events – almost 3,000 seats more than the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Since opening, the venue has staged a number of marquee boxing events, including Canelo Álvarez vs Amir Khan and Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward