FLOYD MAYWEATHER and Conor McGregor will meet face to face for the first time next week when they take part in the first press conference for their August 26 fight.
The flamboyant pair will talk up their clash at a media event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday July 11
The press conference is open to the public, who must acquire tickets for free online.
The Staples Center describes the conference as “a star-studded event that will feature a live performance and special guests”.
McGregor, the current UFC lightweight champion, will be making his professional boxing debut against all-time great Mayweather, who himself is coming out of retirement for the fight.
Though the contest itself is all but guaranteed to be a mismatch, the pre-fight build-up looks as though it will be entertaining given both fighters’ proclivity for mental warfare.
There have been what feels like years of speculation about the fight, with much name-calling on both sides. But the two fighters have announced that it is indeed, on.
Yes, that’s right, a boxer with a 49-0 record facing a man who has never taken part in a professional boxing fight.
The price has not been decided, though it is expected to be at or near the $99.95 charged for Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao that drew a record 4.4 million pay-per-view buys.
“This is really an unprecedented event,” said Stephen Espinoza, who heads Showtime Sports. “Really we haven’t seen anything in modern history that resembles it, it’s impossible to predict how many sales this will do.”
Floyd Mayweather. Why do you care about a super fight with UFC champion Conor McGregor? And is it in your best interest to pretend that the match will be competitive instead of complete domination? – 18:07
You’re Reebok, exclusive outfitter of the UFC. Conor McGregor’s manager Audie Attar told Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour that McGregor is “currently a free agent with regard to athletic apparel…We’re still in discussions with Reebok and other brands.” In wake of the horrid PR behind your abominable apparel arrangement for UFC fighters, how important is it to your brand, for Kantor McGregor to rock your fighter kit during his Floyd Mayweather superfight? – 26:20
You’re a UFC fighter. How do you take advantage of the massive mainstream PR tsunami attached to a super fight between boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor? – 33:38
You’re a UFC Fan who hates this so-called super fight between boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor. My prediction for the fight? HATE-WATCHING! How is the summer of your discontent, made glorious fall by this sonning of McGregor? – 38:29
You’re an MMA Punchole. For the past year, while other so-called experts debunked, dismissed, and derailed a proposed super fight between boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor, you have intelligently articulated the numerous reasons, live and in public, if you will, why the fight makes sense for all the parties involved.
LA’s Staples Center has described the first press conference as “a star-studded event that will feature a live performance and special guests”.
Brett Yormark, the CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, has spent recent years building a strong boxing presence at Barclays Center and sees nothing but benefits to hosting the Mayweather-McGregor presser.
“I think it’s terrific for the sport of boxing,” Yormark said. “I’m a purist, but I’m also a marketing guy. My son is 12 years old and all his friends are talking about the fight and they’re UFC fans. This is bringing a much younger audience into boxing that hasn’t supported boxing over the last couple of years.”
McGregor, the current UFC lightweight champion, will have his first professional boxing match against the 49-0 Mayweather, who has ended his retirement to headline at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
This is a big month because we’re showcasing both sports for the first time there,” Yormark said. “It makes sense for us to continue what we’ve done at Barclays Center and continue out there at NYCB Live. We’ll have two or three big boxing events out there a year and one or UFC events.”
Boxing returns to Barclays Center on July 29 when three-division champion Mikey Garcia and four-division champion Adrien Broner meet in the main event of a PBC card to be televised by Showtime.