UFC superstar Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather were able to create so much buzz through social media that they had to book a fight for later this year. Now that the combat community has a date for their impending clash (Aug. 26 in Las Vegas), the build up to the fight can officially begin. Mayweather delivered his first statement since booking the “Money Fight” opposite McGregor earlier this week.

“McGregor is a tough competitor. People all around the world demanded this fight so I had to give them what they wanted to see,” said Mayweather in a recent interview with BSOTV (shown above). “They asked for this fight. I was in retirement, but they wanted me back and I’m back.”

Just like UFC president Dana White said during a recent media scrum with Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe earlier this week, Mayweather insists that “both parties are very happy.” How would they not be? With this much money at stake, McGregor, Mayweather, and UFC would be stupid not to work together.

As far as the in-ring action is concerned, “Money” understands that some fight fans are going to favor McGregor leading up their showdown later this summer.

“You’re supposed to stand behind your man. Stand behind the fighter that you believe in,” said Mayweather about McGregor’s followers. “He’s a hell of a competitor.”

Assuming nothing transpires that derails this money-hungry train from entering the superfight station, combat fans all around the world we get to see the most dynamic superstar in MMA take a puncher’s chance against one of the best boxers of all time.