Leonard Ellerbe: Mayweather Knows McGregor's Coming After Him

Mayweather, who retired in 2015 with an unbeaten record of 49-0, and UFC lightweight champion McGregor will clash in a 12-round fight in Las Vegas on August 26 after teasing the event for almost a year.

The fight is expected to gross millions of dollars with Mayweather a solid favourite.

The fight of the century is officially happening.

Mayweather, who will come out of retirement to take on McGregor, is undefeated in his 49 bouts.

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"The reason he's such a superstar is this guy will fight anyone, anywhere and at any time", UFC chief Dana White said about his fighter.

The two fighters have gone back and forth for almost a year regarding a potential showdown with both men previously stating they each wanted US$100 million (RM425 million) for the fight.

The relentless reaction Leonard Ellerbe has received from fans since the Mayweather-McGregor drama began late previous year made the Mayweather Promotions CEO realize just how huge the event could become.

"Given McGregor's non-existent boxing experience and Mayweather's reputation as one of the finest fighters in history, many observers are already predicting a mis-match but White told ESPN: "(McGregor) is absolutely 100 per cent positive that he wins this fight, and I stopped doubting Conor McGregor a long time ago.

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Both men are expected to receive in excess of $100 million for the historic fight, but the terms of the deal have not yet been divulged.

Adding to McGregor's challenge the fighters will be using 10-ounce boxing gloves instead of the smaller UFC gloves and he will not be allowed to use the leg kicks or takedowns that are used in mixed martial arts.

Ellerbe, who is the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, believes Floyd Mayweather realizes he can't take the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title holder lightly. Mayweather is now undefeated for his boxing career, reaching a 49-0 mark before retiring in 2015.

"We're not only drawing fans from the universe of boxing fans and the universe of MMA fans", said Espinoza, executive vice president and general manager for Showtime Sports.

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"We're not only drawing from the universe of boxing fans and the universe of MMA fans, we've actually tapped into the audience that doesn't follow either sport", he said.

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