Fight week for the biggest event in combat sports history continued Wednesday as Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor squared off at the final press conference ahead of the SHOWTIME PPV matchup this Saturday, Aug. 26 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Photos by Esther Lin/Chris Farina.
The fighters spoke to hundreds of media from all around the world as the anticipation continues to grow for this once-in-a-lifetime event that combines the worlds of boxing and MMA for one spectacular fight.
Here is what the participants had to say Wednesday from KA Theatre at MGM Grand:
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
"Mayweather vs McGregor has captured the imagination of sports fans across the world. It's a historic event demanded by the fans and put on for the fans.
"The fighters will put their talents on display in a fight that people did not think was possible. After it's done, people will talk about this fight for years to come.
"We're making our event available on every possible platform. Fans across the world will have access to this great fight from anywhere.
"Boxing is at an all-time high because of some of the great matchups that have been made, and SHOWTIME has been at the forefront of that. SHOWTIME is the face of boxing and we're proud to be partnered with them."
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive VP & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports
"SHOWTIME PPV is the home of big events and we've teamed up with MGM and Mayweather Promotions to bring fans the most exciting and memorable fights in sports history. We have brought record breaking event after record breaking event; These are events that the world watches and makes history. No event is bigger than this one. Two of the biggest personalities in sports meeting in a once in a lifetime event.
"This will be the most widely distributed event in PPV history. This event will be distributed in over 200 countries and might grow to 225 countries by the time we're done. That's a broader distribution than virtually any other event in combat sports history. We are well on our way to being a record-setting event in many categories."
RICHARD STURM, President of Sports and Entertainment, MGM Resorts International
"Fight week has finally arrived and we are thrilled that it will be held at T-Mobile Arena, home of the biggest events in the sports and entertainment industry. In a little over a year, T-Mobile Arena has become an industry leader and home to some of the world's greatest athletes and entertainers.
"Las Vegas and T-Mobile Arena will be the center of the sports universe for this great spectacle. We look forward to once again showing the world that we are the leader in entertainment and we can't wait to see you on Saturday night."