In just a little over two months, the UFC Lightweight Champion in Conor McGregor will enter the boxing ring to battle Floyd Mayweather.
According to McGregor’s manager in Audie Attar, former UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta played an instrumental role in getting the deal done for both fighters.
“I think Lorenzo Fertitta has been instrumental in a lot of different ways in Conor’s career,” Attar said on The MMA Hour. “And yes, he was very instrumental in putting us together to really get everybody to talk and get on the same page when everybody started to see this was a real viable business proposition.”
Fertitta was one of the UFC owners who sold the promotion over a year ago to WME-IMG, only UFC President Dana White stayed on board when everything was complete.
Attar also has a lot of respect for Fertitta, not just for helping with the super fight, but for what he helped do for the sport of MMA.
“I have a lot of respect for Lorenzo and I know he’s excited, but I think nonetheless this is something he’s very passionate about,” Attar said. “He cares a lot about the sport, he cares a lot about the UFC. And he cares a lot about Conor. It was really special for me to see that he was interested enough to try to at least to put all parties together so we can do good business.”
Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather takes place on Saturday, August 26 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.