The fight to end all fights is happening on August 26th of this year, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are going to battle it out in the ring, combining their two distinctive abilities and over the top personalities into what is sure to be an explosive event.
After almost two years of constant to and fro, a deal has been made, and it is set to make both men very, very wealthy, with each aiming to take home around £78 million.
With that in mind, loaded has tracked the timeline of trash talking between the two over the years as this momentous occasion took shape. It was a nail-biting experience, but this pair knows how to entertain. [via ESPN]
July 2, 2015
Conor appeared on American TV show Conan O’Brien and said this about a possible fight:
“If you’re asking would I like to fight Floyd Mayweather, I mean, who would not like to dance around the ring for £140m?”
Dec 30. 2015
Mayweather mentioned McGregor during an interview with FightHype.com
“They say he talk a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I’m cocky and arrogant,” Mayweather observed. “So biased!
Jan 8, 2016
Conor responded to this statement with a Facebook post.
“Don’t ever bring race into my success again.”
May 6, 2016
The Sun newspaper got involved, claiming that a fight between the two champions was imminent. UFC boss Dana White responded,
“It’s not true; it’s just a tabloid story.”
May 8, 2016
MMA Vs Boxing. pic.twitter.com/qgl8tKvT5s
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 8, 2016
Conor responded with this image via his Twitter,
“MMA vs. Boxing.”
May 13, 2016
Floyd joined in the furor, telling Showtime Sports, “Hopefully we can make the fight happen. He’s no pushover.”
Nov 30, 2016
Conor gets his boxing license in California
Jan 11, 2017
Mayweather claims he countered Mcgregor’s demand of £75 million with an offer of £11 million and a cut of the pay-per-view.
Jan 13, 2017
UFC head Dana White makes both fighters an offer of £20 million each which Mayweather turns down.
Feb 16, 2017
Betting lines have opened with Floyd as a 25-1 favourite against McGregor. Ouch.
March 8, 2017
Floyd put pressure on Conor to sign the papers.
“Sign the paper. You said you were boss, just sign the paper and let’s make it happen,” he said to ESPN.
March 10, 2017
Mayweather further proves his zeal during a press conference while on his “Undefeated” tour.
“I’m coming out of retirement just to fight Conor McGregor… Let’s fight in June.”
March 17, 2017
“I am boxing!”
Conor McGregor told ESPN Boxing writer Dan Rafael after the Michael Conlan fight at MSG in New York City.
April 16, 2017
McGregor posts on his Instagram with the caption,“…Join me in the preparation of my next fight being announced very soon.”
April 19, 2017
Dana White tells On The Herd about current negotiations.
“…If the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of $100 (million) and Conor makes $75.”
April 20, 2017
Conor comments this on his Instagram,
“Floyd may crap his jocks after all and if so I will go back to true fighting or just pick another boxer like Manny or something.”
May 5, 2017
Mayweather tells ESPN pundit Stephen A. Smith,
“As soon as they say let’s sign on the dotted line, then it’s time to go to training camp.”
May 21, 2017
Conor writes on his Instagram,
“Solid work today. Sign your end Floyd, or you are just a mouth.”
June 14, 2017
“The biggest fight ever,” Dana White announces that the fight between Mayweather and McGregor is set for August 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
YES. The McGregor antics have begun…
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.