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How Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor came to be

Way back in the summer of 2015, Conor throws the first jab

July 2, 2015

CONOR McGREGOR “I would box him if the opportunity arose.” On “Conan” about a possible fight with Floyd Mayweather

Dec. 30, 2015

mayweatherFLOYD MAYWEATHER “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.” To on Conor’s relationship with the media

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Jan. 8, 2016

mcgegorCONOR McGREGOR “Don’t ever bring race into my success again.” Responding via Facebook on claims of unequal treatment

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Just as interests peaked early last year, Conor threatened to bow out of the fight scene altogether.

April 19, 2016

mcgregorCONOR McGREGOR “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.” Via Twitter

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Less than a month later, a flurry of rumors swirl into possible negotiations.

May 6, 2016

The Sun of the U.K. reports Floyd and Conor on the verge of agreeing to a billion dollar megafight.

dana whiteDANA WHITE “It’s not true, it’s just a tabloid story.” UFC’s President in regards to The Sun’s report

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May 8, 2016

mock fight posterCONOR McGREGOR “MMA vs. Boxing.” Via Twitter

May 8, 2016

mayweatherFLOYD MAYWEATHER “The rumors y’all been hearing (are) the rumors I started.” Floyd Mayweather to ESPN in Las Vegas ahead of the Canelo-Khan fight

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May 13, 2016

FLOYD MAYWEATHER “Hopefully we can make the fight happen. He’s no pushover.” Showtime Sports

May 22, 2016

McGregor interview

CONOR McGREGOR “He needs me.” on ESPN’s Sunday Conversation


By mid-2016, many fans remain skeptical as news surrounding a bout seems split.

Aug. 17, 2016

McGregor can throw

Conor fined $150,000 for UFC 202 bottle-throwing incident, putting a possible fight in jeopardy with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NASC).

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Nov. 30, 2016

Conor receives a boxing license in California.

Jan. 11, 2017

Mayweather sitting

On ESPN’s First Take Floyd claims that he responded to Conor’s demand of a $100 million with a counteroffer: $15 million and a cut of the pay-per-view.

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Jan. 13, 2017

Dana White makes Floyd and Conor an offer of $25 million each. Offer immediately turned down by Floyd.

Feb. 14, 2017

Stephen A. Smith

STEPHEN A. SMITH “We’re getting very, very close.” on ESPN’s First Take after a run-in with Floyd at an Oklahoma City Thunder home game


Feb. 15, 2017

NSAC willing to grant Conor a boxing license in order to keep a possible fight in Las Vegas despite the incident on Aug 17.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER “There hasn’t been any deal made in regards to a fight between myself and any other fighter.” Via Instagram

Feb. 16, 2017

First betting lines come out for the fight. Floyd opens as 25-1 favorite against Conor.

By spring of 2017, Floyd turns to the media to get negotiations off the ropes.

March 8, 2017

Mayweather Speaking

FLOYD MAYWEATHER “Sign the paper. You said you were boss, just sign the paper and let’s make it happen.” Floyd to ESPN about a supposed offer to Conor


March 10, 2017

MayweatherFLOYD MAYWEATHER “I’m coming out of retirement just to fight Conor McGregor… Let’s fight in June.” To an audience on his “Undefeated” tour

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A week later, Dana steps right up into the media circus.

March 15, 2017

DANA WHITE “I do think it’s going to happen… There’s so much money involved, I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen.” On “Conan”

March 17, 2017

I am boxing

CONOR McGREGOR “I am boxing!” Screaming at ESPN Boxing writer Dan Rafael after the Michael Conlan fight at MSG


March 22, 2017

Conor’s fine downgraded to $25,000 and 25 hours of community service. He should now be cleared to apply for a Nevada boxing license.

April 16, 2017

mcgregorCONOR McGREGOR “…Join me in the preparation of my next fight being announced very soon.” Via Instagram

April 19, 2017

mcgregorDANA WHITE “…If the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of $100 (million) and Conor makes $75.” On The Herd about ongoing negotiations

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April 20, 2017

McGregor boxingCONOR McGREGOR “Floyd may crap his jocks after all and if so I will go back to true fighting or just pick another boxer like Manny or something.” Via Instagram

May 4, 2017

The Westgate SuperBook narrows the betting lines to McGregor +700 and Mayweather -900.

In May, the pieces start to fall into place.

May 5, 2017

FLOYD MAYWEATHER “As soon as they say let’s sign on the dotted line, then it’s time to go to training camp.” To Stephen A. Smith

May 18, 2017

Dana White and McGregor agree to new terms for a boxing match with Mayweather. Both sides plan to meet and finalize the following week.

CONOR McGREGOR “I now, at 28 years of age, have my eyes firmly set on the ‘highest paid fighter’ and ‘highest earning athlete’ accolades.” Via Instagram

May 21, 2017

mcgregorCONOR McGREGOR “More Solid work today. Sign your end Floyd or you are just a mouth.” Via Twitter

June 14, 2017

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor agree to box at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26.

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