Showtime announces undercard for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor

A pair of world title bouts will highlight the undercard for the upcoming pay-per-view leading to the showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

Showtime announced the new fights on Thursday with two different world titles going up for grabs before Mayweather meets McGregor in the main event.

Mayweather Promotions’ own Gervonta Davis will be in the featured undercard bout as expected as he faces off with Francisco Fonseca in an IBF junior lightweight title fight. Davis has long been considered one of the top rising stars in boxing while coming up with Mayweather Promotions so it’s no surprise that he’s part of the biggest card of the year on Aug. 26.

Davis steps into the fight with a perfect 18-0 record including a third round TKO in his last bout that served as the first defense of his IBF title.

Also on the undercard, WBA light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will defend his title against Badou Jack, who moves up from 168-pounds for the challenge to compete for another championship.

Finally, Andrew Tabiti will take on Steve Cunningham in a 10-round cruiserweight bout that will kick off the live pay-per-view at 9pm ET on Showtime from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“What a night this will be for fight fans,” Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, said in a press release. “Not only will they witness a first of its kind main event, but they will also see two incredible world title fights, as Mayweather Promotions’ very own current and former world champions go head-to-head in separate bouts. Gervonta Davis is nothing short of pure boxing talent with dynamite power. Former super middleweight world champion Badou Jack is making his light heavyweight debut, and looking to take the title away from a tough and experienced Nathan Cleverly. But first, Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti will open the pay-per-view telecast with what I expect to be a magnificent performance.

“This diverse card is an epic, international affair stacked with talent. Make sure you don’t miss the biggest event the sport has ever seen.”

Tickets are still on sale for the mega-event taking place on Aug. 26 as Mayweather comes out of retirement to face off with McGregor, who will be making his professional boxing debut against the 49-0 former champion.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.