Showtime has released the first official promo video for the highly anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, set to take place August 26.
The fight, taking place at the 154-pound (light middleweight) class, was first suggested by McGregor in 2015 in an interview with late-night host Conan O'Brien. A feud developed between the two fighters after Mayweather claimed race was the reason for their contrasting levels of popularity in December of the same year, before the fight was announced on June 14.
McGregor has no professional boxing experience, but an accomplished career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in which he became the first fighter to simultaneously hold titles at two different weight classes, has made him one of the largest pay-per-view draws in mixed martial arts history.
In the promotional video, the two fighters exhibit the confidence that has characterized their careers, as well as highlights of Mayweather's boxing and McGregor's mixed martial arts career and training videos of the two fighters.
"Let's not kid ourselves here about who's the real star of the show," McGregor says in the clip. "You've got me, a slick, handsome Irish kid who's climbed to the top of the game quicker than anyone has done it."
"It's not about who hits the hardest," Mayweather said. "It's about who has the will to win more."
Mayweather, who has a 49-0 record as a pro and has won 15 world titles over five different weight classes, was named the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time by BoxRec in 2016. In May 2015, Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao in the highest-grossing pay-per-view fight in history. Although he announced his retirement after defeating Andre Berto four months later, Mayweather returned to the sport at the age of 40 to fight McGregor.
Oddsmakers have made Mayweather a heavy favorite to win the fight.Videos of the two fighters training individually surfaced June 30, prompting fans and analysts to question McGregor's chances in the fight.