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World’s Most Anticipated Boxing Match May Be Around The Corner

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The highly anticipated fight between famous boxer Floyd Mayweather and MMA champion Conor McGregor may end up happening after a date leaked online showed that a “boxing event” is scheduled in Las Vegas for August 26.

Mayweather and McGregor have been teasing this matchup for two years now. The timeline for this mega-fight since McGregor voiced his approval on the Conan O’Brien show in 2015 shows countless soundbites and jabs that have progressively built anticipation. If the fight takes place, Floyd Mayweather will be coming out of retirement and putting his perfect 49-0 record on the line, while Connor McGregor will be entering unfamiliar territory as he fights in his very first boxing match.

Due to McGregor’s inexperience with boxing, however, many fans and reporters are expecting a disappointing fight. “That fight is going to suck. It really is,” former professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya said.

“[Mayweather] would annihilate him [McGregor],” said ESPN First Take host Stephen A. Smith. “He would school him. He would embarrass him.  To think that you can just walk into a ring with one of the best ever and out-box him, I think it’s a bit extreme.”

McGregor’s recent Instagram post is currently fueling speculation that an official announcement will be coming soon.

Something BIG is coming #BP

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on

Scheduling for the fight is all but confirmed. A calendar on the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s website shows that the MGM Grand is booked for a “boxing event” that will be promoted by Mayweather Promotions and televised on Showtime. Mayweather’s last 12 fights have been at the MGM, and Mayweather also has an exclusive deal with Showtime.

However, neither the online schedules for Showtime nor those for Mayweather Promotions show an entry or confirmation for this event.

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