With the news finally confirmed last night that Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather will go ahead, bringing an end to all the months of heavy speculation, has come a new wave of speculation and rumours.
Questions still remain over some details of the event, although we do know that it will be broadcast on Showtime PPV and that the fighters will wear ten ounce gloves and that they will weigh-in at 154 pounds for the bout on August 26th in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Who will be on the undercard? Who will be McGregor’s primary trainer? What is the purse split? And who will be the ring announcer?
While we will have to wait to learn the answers to the first three of those questions, we do know the answer to the latter.
As the fight is a crossover superfight between a UFC superstar and one of boxing’s greatest ever, initial hopes were that the ring announcement would also see a crossover of the two.
Of course, the Buffer half-brother’s are two of the most famous fight MC’s in the world.
The dream was to have Bruce Buffer of the UFC announce Conor’s entrance, while Michael would introduce boxing’s Mayweather.
However, Michael has shot down the prospect of teaming up with his half-brother, who he met for the first time only years after he rose to fame, for the monumental event. As talk of the potential joint MC gig heated right up with the confirmation that the fight was on last night, when the question was put to the legendary elder of the pair, he pointed out:
I'm already booked on that date-sorry. If the fights on Showtime the announcer will b HOF'r @TheClassyJr It'd b great 2C Bruce there also!
— Michael Buffer (@Michael_Buffer) June 14, 2017
Michael is already booked to announce the Miguel Cotto vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai fight on the same night, which is due to be broadcast on Showtime’s rival network, HBO.
So, there will be no dream “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble” and “It’s Time” catchphrase collaboration for the historic Mayweather-McGregor bout.
Based on Michael’s tweet, it appears as though Hall Of Fame ring announcer, Jimmy Lennon Jr., who is contracted to Showtime, will be the MC on the night with a role for MMA octagon legend Bruce not fully ruled out yet either.