It’s actually happening, and the world was quick to react to the confirmed August 26 date of the boxing clash between UFC star Conor McGregor and pugilist legend Floyd Mayweather.
While some maintained a healthy dose of skepticism about the impending bout, many are nonetheless intrigued by the prospect of the mammoth combat sports crossover, as the spectacle took hold of the mainstream consciousness.
Fair play to both ☝? big pay days for both gotta respect it ? I can’t wait to see Conor’s left hand land on mayweather ??
— Taylor (@Chalky_95) June 14, 2017
— Caroline Pearce (@CarolinePearce) June 14, 2017
Genuinely wouldn't be surprised if @TheNotoriousMMA knocks Floyd's block off, either way I'm really looking forward to the spectacle! 😀
— Professional Savage (@ProSavagePower) June 14, 2017
— Paddy Murphy (@PaddyKMurphy) June 14, 2017
Dumb if your name is not Floyd Mayweather who will be making over $100 million for the easiest fight of his career. https://t.co/TnmcQASRVI
— Jamie Weinstein (@Jamie_Weinstein) June 14, 2017
Me: Floyd vs Mcgregor is stupid and anyone who watches is stupid
Also me on Aug 26: pic.twitter.com/5pGmUdUQc4
— Martenzie Johnson (@Martenzie) June 14, 2017
MMA professionals were mainly excited at the news, with UFC featherweight Cub Swanson immediately angling for a spot on the sure-to-be lucrative undercard at the T-Mobile Arena. McGregor’s boxing coach Owen Roddy, along with other members of Straight Blast Gym Ireland added their thoughts, along with coach John Kavanagh who got the trash talking underway in harsh style.
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) June 14, 2017
— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) June 15, 2017
It's gonna be a good fight for that
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) June 14, 2017
@TheNotoriousMMA you manifested it all and executed. Congratulations on everything.
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) June 15, 2017
— Owen Roddy (@coachowenroddy) June 14, 2017
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) June 14, 2017
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) June 14, 2017
Boom! Excited for this! https://t.co/iNjhIvqV33
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) June 14, 2017
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) June 14, 2017
Yhe can bate the wife but yhe can't beat the champ champ @TheNotoriousMMA
— james gallagher (@StrabanimalMMA) June 14, 2017
Others made light of the event, with some offering some cracking suggestions. Questions were also raised surrounding the much anticipated build-up and how that may pan out given both men’s propensity for trash talking.
holding out hope that this is a Conor McGregor long con to crush Mayweather's jaw with a roundhouse kick as soon as the fight starts
— Matt Ufford (@mattufford) June 14, 2017
Conor vs Mayweather will once and for all settle that classic debate: Who is the best at boxing? A professional boxer or someone else
— we (@kanwetwitty) June 15, 2017
Mayweather toys/frustrates McGregor for 6 rounds.McGregor low kicks him then jumps on the ropes & does a people's elbow.U heard it here 1st😂
— Shane McGuigan (@McGuigans_Gym) June 14, 2017
I wonder if McGregor will throw Mayweather's domestic violence crimes in his face as part of pre-fight taunting.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) June 14, 2017
If fight is at 154, I'm surprised Floyd hasn't weight-drained Conor down to 147. FM haggled over 2lbs with Canelo. Shows his confidence here
— Jonathan Shrager (@JonathanShrager) June 15, 2017
Lest we forget… https://t.co/RjlzNSdmHS
— Chuck Mindenhall (@ChuckMindenhall) June 14, 2017
From benefits to $100mil in four years. 48 MONTHS! $2mil a month, without that UFC money. It's incredible honestly.
— Brad (@BraaadB) June 15, 2017