With every passing day, it seems like the Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather fight, that was once thought to be nothing more than a hypothetical fantasy, is actually getting closer and closer to being a done deal.
Dana White, the president of the UFC, recently appeared on “The Herd” podcast with Colin Cowherd and confirmed that all parties were working hard on coming to an agreement. Really though, the only hold up is agreeing on who gets what percentage of the money, since the fight is bound to attract hundreds off millions of dollars in PPV buys and sponsorship deals.
It’s common knowledge that Mayweather doesn’t even bother to get out of bed for less than $100 million, but White admitted that McGregor’s end of the deal would end up as the biggest payday of his career, by a long margin. White said that “if the fight sells as well as I think it can,” then McGregor stands to make roughly $75 million.
White had previously offered Mayweather $25 million plus a cut of the PPV money, which was laughed at by the undefeated boxer.
“He feels like he’s the A side, and he should get more of it,” White said of Mayweather. “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 has clearly changed his mind on the matter. It was only six months ago that he insisted the fight would never, ever happen. Even when McGregor threatened to pursue it without the UFC’s approval, White issued a stern public warning that the Irishman should think twice before “going to war” with the MMA promotion.
White also confirmed that the fight, if it does end up happening, would not be under the UFC umbrella or in an octagon.
“It’s not going to be the UFC – it’s going to be a boxing match,” he said.