We’re 99% sure that you’ve heard about the upcoming fight between the boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and MMA rising star Conor McGregor.
In the case that you heard something in the background and what to read up on the latest news, you can check out our latest news on the fight.
While it’s exciting to predict who will win the fight or how it will all unfold. What we here at Alpha Sports Betting kept wondering is, where did this all start from?
Well, we’ve decided to map out the events which led up to the biggest fight of century this coming August.
This is the story of how attacks through twitter has turned to the most anticipated fight in history and also the most lucrative.
We’re not surprised that social media had a role to play in all of this. However, who would have ever thought to this extreme?
“If you’re asking would I like to fight Floyd Mayweather, I mean, who would not like to dance around the ring for $180m?”
This was McGregor’s response to the a questioned posed by Conan O’Brian back in July, 2015. He went on to add, ‘I would certainly box him if the opportunity arose,” he smiled. “Most certainly.”
At this point, no one was taking Mcgregor seriously.
Later on in December, it was Mayweather who resurfaced the idea of a possible fight in the near future.
In an interview with FightHype on the worldwide idolization McGregor had received for knocking out Aldo in just 13 seconds, the American complained that he would never receive such acclaim from the public because of the colour of his skin.
“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! Like I said before, all I’m saying is this, I ain’t racist at all, but I’m telling you racism still exists.”
McGregor Unlike Mayweather, replied immediately to this sharp comment,
‘Don’t ever bring my race into my success again,” McGregor commented in a long Instagram post, the very next day.
“I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood … If you want we can organise a fight no problem. I will give you a fair 80/20 split purse in my favour seen as your last fight bombed at every area of revenue.”
May , 2016
UK tabloid The Sun reports that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are leaning towards a billion dollar fight.
Dana White immediately refutes the reports, saying that these are just rumours. Mayweather later on in the month comments that he will gladly come back to boxing to fight McGregor, although he is retired.
Mayweather tells TMZ that he offered McGregor $50 million for a potential bout McGregor takes a shot at his haters, including Mayweather, in an explicit Instagram post.
Mayweather posts mock-up poster of potential bout vs. McGregor and gets flamed for it on social media.
Conor McGregor obtains his boxing license in California. Despite the fact that Mayweather doesn’t fight in California, the move feuded speculation on the potential superfight.
Mayweather’s camp calls McGregor’s decision to get a boxing license a “calculated effort to gain more fans.”
Oddsmakers release odds for the potential fight after the news broke about McGregor’s boxing license. Mayweather was undoubtedly highly favored.
Mayweather once again mentions that a fight with McGregor is the only bout he’d consider for his return and offers “Notorious” $15 million.
McGregor responds to Mayweather’s offer with an attack on his past.
Dana White joins Colin Cowherd on “The Herd” and makes Mayweather a counteroffer of $25 million for each fighter.
Mayweather responds by laughing at Dana White’s offer of $25 million to fight McGregor.
Mayweather pokes fun at McGregor’s net worth, and wonders how the Irishman could ask for $25 million when he’s only ‘worth $2.5 million.’
McGregor says during a pay-per-view interview that he expects his next bout to be against Floyd Mayweather in either late 2017 or early 2018.
Conor McGregor travels to Vegas to settle his dispute with the Nevada Athletic Commission but doesn’t hesitate to take a jab at Floyd Mayweather while there.
Mayweather tweets that McGregor should sort out his business with the UFC if he ever wants the superfight to take place.
Mayweather calls McGregor a “little punk” and much more in an expletive-filled rant, criticizing the UFC fighter for being all bark and no bite.
Floyd Mayweather a few weeks later announces that he is out of retirement and ready to get back in the ring.
McGregor etches Mayweather on , telling the boxing media in New York that he’s “the boxing guy” while promising to take over and finish Mayweather.
March was a month where the two fighters attacked each other back and forth through twitter. Things calmed down between the two fighters by the month of May.
Most probably due to the fact that both teams were working on the deal behind closed doors. White announced that he had finalized McGregor’s part of the deal and would begin negotiating with Mayweather soon.
Finally, after years of back-and-forth, Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is a reality. All parties confirm the date for Aug. 26, 2017, in what will likely be the most lucrative fight in combat sports history.