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Mayweather vs McGregor is almost here. After several weeks and months of negotiating, trash talking, posturing, training and more, we’re less than a week away from the main event itself. On Saturday the once-retired all-time great boxer Mayweather will take on UFC’s biggest star McGregor in Las Vegas with thousands watching at the T-Mobile arena and millions more watching around the world. After all the speculation about whether we would have the fight, the last few months have seen much name-calling and animosity on both sides, as the rivalry intensifies ahead of the big day. Depending on your point of view, it will either be boxing match of the millennium or a cross-code money-spinning abomination. Whichever camp you’re in, here’s everything you need to know about the fight between a boxer with a 49-0 record facing a man who has never taken part in a professional boxing fight.
What date is the fight and at what time?
The fight is happening on Saturday 26 August. While the times haven’t been announced, it will certainly be a late night or very early start for viewers in the UK, so expect to be up well into Sunday 27 August, and possibly calling in sick on Monday 28. The main event begins at 4am BST, but the fight itself may start closer to 5am.
Where is the fight taking place?
The bout will be housed in the T-Mobile arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. The venue has held major fights in the past, including UFC 202, in which McGregor beat Nate Diaz on points.
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What are the odds?
Bookies immediately predicted a Mayweather win and put the veteran fighter at 1/11 favourite. He’s now 2/9 with under a week to go. Oddsmaker Nick Bogdanovich said the odds would be even more lopsided if it wasn’t for the deluge of small bets expected to come in from UFC fans on their fighter. “Realistically if we were just putting up a number and didn’t have to take bets on it, Floyd would be 1/100,” Bogdanovich said. “But this will be a very, very big betting fight for sure, one of the biggest ever.”