Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will come face-to-face in London next week as part of a week-long publicity tour ahead of their August 26 super-fight.
The undefeated boxer and the Irish UFC star will come together for the first time at a press conference at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre on July 11.McGregor vs Mayweather Fight
And the pair will also take part in a publicity event at London’s Wembley Arena on July 14 which will be free to the public with doors opening at 5pm
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing superfight on August 26th plays out live? It’s gonna cost you. Ticket prices for the event are now up on Stubhub, and it lists the price for nosebleed tickets at a whopping $2166. Seats for the first bowl are going for $5450, while premium floor seating would run you an astounding $20,000 to $79,000 for ringside seats.
Keep in mind though that Stubhub is a secondary market site, and tickets for the event are still not officially on sale. Late last month, Dana White cautioned fans to watch out for fake vendors who were already putting tickets up for sale on scalper sites.
McGregor and Mayweather and due to take part in a promotional tour on both sides of the Atlantic before doing battle in the ring in the home of fight game.
Tickets for the event will be free and will be available to buy online from 8pm UK time on Friday. The Staples Center can hold up to 20,000 fans but it remains unclear how many seats will be made available for the press conference.
The Los Angeles arena is where NBA side LA Lakers play their home matches. And it has played host to boxing since Oscar De La Hoya took on Shane Mosley back in 2000. When McGregor and Mayweather take to the stage, the venue promises ‘a star-studded event that will feature a live performance and special guests.
However, Mayweather has insisted that he took the fight because people around the world had demanded it.
“McGregor is a tough competitor. People all around the world demanded this fight so I had to give them what they wanted to see,” Mayweather is quoted as saying by sports website BlackSportsOnline.com.
“They asked for this fight. I was in retirement, but they wanted me back and I’m back.
In most circumstances I’d be all for a mega fight that attracts the interest of millions of casual fans. In a sport where its competitors risk so much, I also love to see fighters make as much money as possible. They deserve it for putting their bodies, and sometimes even lives, on the line for our entertainment,
However, this case is an exception where I can’t accept that.
Both Mayweather and McGregor make millions regardless who they fight. They don’t need the money they’ll make from this – even if it will likely be a career-high purse for even Mayweather.
As for attracting casual fans, there’s no doubt it will. But that becomes detrimental to the sport if, as in this case, the fight is a farce.
McGregor is not a boxer. He’s about to step in with the best boxer of this generation having not boxed since he was a teenage amateur.
boxing legends have been quick to share the opinion of Lewis, with Mancunian fighter Ricky Hatton agreeing that the event will be nothing more than entertainment, with no actual sporting edge.
‘I can’t say I’m a fan of it,’ Hatton told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek programme.
‘I’m a fan of UFC, a fan of McGregor – he’s got character, he’s exciting, entertaining, value for money.
‘I hope I don’t upset any Irish fans or Conor, but I can’t get excited about this fight one bit.
‘It’s going to be great entertainment – that’s the most complimentary I can be about it. It’s two different sports,’ he added.