It has been a big week in the world of fighting, and we here at FIGHT SPORTS want to make sure you walk into the weekend with the biggest stories of the week fresh in your mind!
1. Floyd Mayweather wants $20 million minimum for August 26th attire: The press packet for potential sponsors for Mayweather’s fight against Conor McGregor was leaked earlier this week. And while it may be $1.5 Million for the right to be on Mayweather’s trunks, for only a 1/3rd of that you can be the logo on his walkout hat! The packet also gives the Mayweather Promotions projections for Pay-Per-View buys for the August 26th fight at five million buys, if so it beats Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao by 600,000 buys.
2. Wladimir Klitschko retires from Boxing: The Former Heavyweight champion calls it a career after loss to Anthony Joshua this past spring in London. The news comes a day after Joshua’s promoter claims a deal was on the table for a November rematch in Las Vegas. After the announcement, Joshua’s next fight seems to be in Cardiff Wales in October or November against mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev.
3. Claressa Shields fighting for first world title tonight: The undefeated two time Olympic Gold Medal Champion makes her first ever challenge for a world title tonight on Showtime against German Champion Nikki Adler. In our interview with the Flint born fighter, she discusses wanting to be the first female fighter to reach one million pay-per-view buys, and comparisons to friend and supporter Cris Cyborg, who will be in Detroit tonight.
4. Mauro Ranallo and Jimmy Smith react to Bellator double knockdown: At Bellator’s first time at Madison Square Garden, there were many memorable moments, but the most remembered was the double knockdown during the heavyweight showdown between Matt Mitirone and Fedor Emelianenko. Watch as Bellator’s announce team of Mauro Ranallo and Jimmy Smith react to the double knockdown in a special 360 video released by Bellator.
5. McGregor and Mayweather Bets, Tickets, Money: There is a lot of money to be made on August 26th when Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather finally square off in Las Vegas. From the various prop bets (from Aaron Judge homeruns to points scored in a WNBA game), to tickets still being on sale, to the price of Pay-Per-Views internationally and domestically, to what the fighters are actually getting paid. In the immortal words of Detective Lestor Freamon, “Follow The Money.”