McGregor fight is finally on

The long-awaited boxing match is going down in August. Graphic illustration by Michael Meredith. /CBS SPORTS

McGregor is hands down the most popular fighter in mixed martial arts, and if anyone needed more evidence, they received it Wednesday when it was announced the UFC champion will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26 in a boxing match that ultimately could net The Notorious a nine-figure payday.

The unorthodox nature of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor's super-fight will make it the richest boxing match in history, according to industry insiders.

Mayweather, considered one of boxing's all-time greats thanks to his defensive skills, posted on his Instagram account: It's official! alongside an promo image of the two men.

Conor McGregor, pictured during UFC 205 weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City, will earn the biggest purse of his career against Floyd Mayweather.

But Mayweather, who "retired" in 2015 with an unbeaten record of 49-0, is determined not to let McGregor steal his crown. Pacquiao reportedly earned $100 million for his efforts. "I was in retirement, but they wanted me back and I'm back", Mayweather told Robert Littal of Black Sports Online.

McGregor signed his side of the deal last month, having come to terms with the UFC, with whom he is under contract, over the unprecedented event, which many felt was only a pipe dream, a sideshow, an unrealistic circus event, to take place and become a reality. McGregor is 0-0 in boxing, but the Irishman's boxing record isn't what made him a household name.

So here is a round-up of what has been said about what is already one of the most talked about fights in history.

The bout will take place under normal boxing rules, despite Conor McGregor never having boxed as an amateur or professional.

The summer 2015 event, jointly produced by Showtime and HBO, cost $99.99 to purchase in high definition, with a $10 discount for the standard broadcast. The payoff for a bet on a McGregor win in each of those rounds is now listed at +2,800.

It took more than just a few days for Team Mayweather to put ink to paper, however. Over a year and a half ago, McGregor did the impossible and knocked-out the pound-for-pound #1 fighter in the UFC, Jose Aldo, in just a matter of 13 seconds to claim the Featherweight Championship. I'm not saying Floyd Mayweather's going to win.

"Floyd said '154 is no problem, I don't want a catchweight, '" Ellerbe said.

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