UFC President Dana White expects to lock in a deal with lightweight camp Conor McGregor in the next few days, and then he expects to lock himself in a room for a couple of days with representatives for Floyd Mayweather.
A boxing match officially is in the works for the UFC champ and retired boxing champion, and White said in an interview on “The Herd” today that it will not bear the three letters of his promotion.
If White can lock in both parties, he said he expects McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) to make $75 million and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) to take home “a little north” of $100 million “if it sells as well as I think it can.”
Of course, Mayweather has laughed at White’s only offer on the fight, a guaranteed $25 million purse and split of the pay-per-view proceeds. So the promoter has some work to do.
“He feels like he’s the A side, and he should get more of it,” White said of the boxing champ. “We haven’t really gotten into that negotiation yet. I wanted to get McGregor locked in first, because McGregor’s under contract with me.
“At the end of the day, does this fight make a ton of sense for me? It really doesn’t. Conor wants this thing really bad, and I’ve said it many times, the kid’s stepped up and saved some big fights for me. So I’m in. I’ll figure it out.”
White previously threatened McGregor if he tried to go it alone in promoting a boxing match. But in the past few months White has volunteered to make it happen, no doubt because of the money involved. That’s where things also get sticky with Mayweather, who made $220 million for a PPV blockbuster against Manny Pacquiao in 2015.
“It’s all about money,” White said today.
McGregor recently mended fences with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, clearing the way to get a boxing license. Mayweather has repeatedly called out the UFC champ to sign on the dotted line, a difficult request given McGregor’s current contract with the UFC.
White has said he believes the fight will take place, but it’s nowhere near being done. What’s clear at this point is that the promotion he leads will not be involved from a brand standpoint, and the fight will be in the ring.
“It’s not going to be the UFC – it’s going to be a boxing match,” he said.
McGregor has never fought professionally in boxing and will be a massive underdog headed into a fight with the undefeated Mayweather, who’s generally considered the greatest boxer of his era.
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