Floyd Mayweather Reportedly to Request August 26 for Fight with Conor McGregor

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2017

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 02:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks as he is inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame at the Orleans Arena on June 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is reportedly eyeing Aug. 26 for his prospective fight with UFC star Conor McGregor.

ESPN.com's Dan Rafael reported Monday that Mayweather Promotions plans to make a formal request with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to finalize the August date.

According to Rafael, Mayweather Promotions originally wanted to go before the commission Wednesday but shelved the motion for the time being—likely because Mayweather hasn't finalized a fight date with McGregor.

In a May 17 appearance on TNT during the network's NBA playoffs coverage, UFC President Dana White said McGregor's side had completed negotiations for the event, with Mayweather the remaining holdout:

An August fight would make sense, even though promoters would have only two-and-a-half months to hype the bout. Excitement for Mayweather vs. McGregor has arguably been building for more than a year, considering Mayweather first created a mock poster for the fight in May 2016.

All parties involved would also likely prefer to get ahead of the Gennady Golovkin-Saul Alvarez fight, which has been confirmed for Sept. 16. White said he envisioned the same date for Mayweather-McGregor.

Golovkin-Alvarez is easily the biggest matchup in boxing right now, and by scheduling their fight after that highly anticipated pay-per-view, Mayweather and McGregor would risk losing fans who intend to buy only one of the shows.