August 25, 2017 / 9:56 PM / a year ago

This week in sports: Mayweather, McGregor face off

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Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) of the U.S. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor of Ireland face off during a news conference in Las Vegas, Nevada U.S. on August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

A wrap up of the week in sports news:

A history-making fight? After months of profanity-laced hype, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor face off in a Las Vegas boxing bout Saturday. Purists have dismissed the fight as nothing more than a cash grab with McGregor in line for a $100 million pay day and Mayweather adding upwards of $200 million to push his career earnings towards the $1 billion mark.

World Cup woes: Construction on next year’s World Cup stadium in Samara, Russia, is behind schedule after being plagued by delays. Officials say they’re optimistic construction for the 45,000-seat facility, one of 12 to be used, will be back on track next month.

Open field: The U.S. Open kicks off without four of the top 11 ranked men’s players, opening an opportunity for young players keen to claim a grand slam title Of course, they’ll have to get through Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal first.

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