The Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday approved the much anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
The boxing match slated for August 26, 2017, will be staged at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be contested at 154 pounds, UFC president Dana White, says.
Billed as The Money Fight, the match will be a standard, 12-round boxing match with 10-ounce gloves, White added, and will see each man earn in excess of $100 million.
The Commission approved the request from Mayweather Promotions, who will be the lead promoter for the game.
The bout will be distributed via Showtime pay-per-view and will be an entirely boxing card.
Mayweather was ranked by ESPN as the greatest boxer, pound for pound, of the last 25 years. He was retired after compiling a 49-0 pro record from 1996 through 2015. The fight with McGregor, will give him the opportunity to improve to 50-0.
McGregor is a professional mixed martial artist who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, and former UFC Featherweight Champion.
The 28-year-old Irish boxer, who is one of the elite mixed martial arts fighters in the world, but has never boxed before, either amateur or pro.
McGregor has already applied for a boxing license in Nevada.
He won the UFC’s featherweight title in a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo on December 12, 2015.
Mayweather retired undefeated in 49 professional fights, is a huge favourite: early Las Vegas odds had him at 1-10 to win the fight with McGregor 7-1.
The Mayweather Promotions CEO added that the financial details including the purse split will not be disclosed and are protected under a confidentiality agreement.
The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their second NBA championship in three seasons.
The Warriors secured a 129-120 victory on Monday to cap a near-perfect run for the champions through the playoffs.
The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them last year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 15-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship.
The signing of Kevin Durant payed off for Steve Kerr’s men as the former Oklahoma City small forward was named the Most Valuable Player of the Finals, leading the way for the Warriors with 39 points.
Durant became the first player with five consecutive 30-point performances in the NBA Finals since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000.
He also added 8.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists a game.
But it took a team effort for the Warriors to overcome a determined Cavaliers’ squad, including contributions from 33-year-old veteran Andre Iguodala and 21-year-old Patrick McCaw.
"I couldn't sleep for two days," Durant said. "I was anxious, I was jittery.
"I just wanted to lay it all out there. I put in work, I just had to trust in it. We were really good tonight."
LeBron James, last year's Finals MVP, led the Cavaliers with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists but it was not enough as the home team came out on top.
James has now lost five Finals in eight appearances - only the fourth player to come up short in five NBA Finals.
"I left everything on the floor every game, all five games," he said. "I have no reason to put my head down."
"I played against some really, really good teams that were assembled perfectly, and they're right up there."
The Warriors also won titles in 1947 and 1956, when the team was based in Philadelphia, and took the crown in 1975 and 2015 after moving to the San Francisco Bay area.
Tyson Fury has voluntarily vacated his WBO and WBA titles and had his license suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control over drug use and medical issues.
American professional basketball player, Kobe Bryant, played his final game of his 20-year career on Wednesday night, ending the era with 60 points on 22-for-50 shooting in a 101-96 Lakers victory over the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center.
CBS reported earlier this morning that its live stream of Super Bowl 50 broke all prior streaming records for the big game. Now the network has released numbers to back up that claim: according to an announcement released this afternoon, 3.96 million unique viewers tuned in to watch the Broncos versus the Panthers across laptops, desktops, tablets, connected TV devices and mobile phones.
Following victories over Egypt, Guinea and Senegal, D’Tigress loss to Angola, in their opening game of the on-going AfroBasket Women Championship, is now a distant memory as they have won four games in a row.