Mayweather Promotions plans to request the date from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the much-anticipated boxing match between Mayweather, the former longtime pound-for-pound king and heavy favorite who plans to exit a 23-month retirement for the bout, and UFC superstar Conor McGregor, a source with knowledge of the plan told ESPN on Monday.
The source said the date is still the one Mayweather and McGregor plan to have their welterweight fight on, likely at T-Mobile Arena.
According to multiple sources, one of the reasons Golden Boy made a deal with MGM Resorts International, parent company of T-Mobile Arena and several casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, was because if it had taken the fight to another city (there were several suitors), there was a strong possibility that Mayweather-McGregor would have been on Sept.
But in making the deal for the fight to be at T-Mobile, sources said, it was stipulated that MGM Resorts International would keep Mayweather-McGregor from infringing on the Alvarez-Golovkin promotional window by assuring that Mayweather-McGregor would not take place within three weeks of the fight.
The 40-year-old Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) has not fought since he easily outpointed Andre Berto in September 2015 to retain his welterweight world title and then retired.