Though it doesn’t mean all the details have been ironed out, Mayweather Promotions received approval from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for an Aug. 26 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“Per NSAC chairman Anthony Marnell, a request made by Mayweather Promotions to promote a boxing event on Aug. 26 at MGM Grand Garden Arena has been approved,” according to an ESPN.com report.
NSAC executive director Bob Bennett later confirmed the approval of the requested date to MMAWeekly.com.
Although the request did not identify Mayweather vs. McGregor as the specific bout, sources have confirmed that is the targeted bout for the approved Aug. 26 date.
No one is yet making an announcement that a deal for the fight has been inked, but requesting a date and receiving approval is a significant indicator that the fight is expected to happen.
A bout of this magnitude, however, involves many details that could make or break the deal at any moment. While McGregor and the UFC ironed out their side of the equation weeks ago, the larger part of the negotiations, getting the Mayweather side to come to terms with the McGregor/UFC side, is reportedly ongoing.