Conor McGregor Gets Green Light From UFC To Fight Floyd Mayweather
UFC president Dana White has come out in support of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, as he continues to pursue a boxing super fight with veteran boxer Floyd Mayweather.
There have been whispers of tensions between the UFC and their pay-per-view golden goose McGregor for some time now, and many believed that White had tried to stop the super fight from happening when he offered Mayweather and McGregor $25 million each plus pay-per-view percentages to fight each other. This was seen as an extremely low-ball offer when a fighter as popular as Mayweather has taken home over $200 million in his most recent fight against Manny Pacquiao.
It seems now that White has given McGregor his blessing to continue chasing after a fight with McGregor, even though he may not be a big fan of the match-up.
Lightweight contender Tony Ferguson is currently waiting in the wings but it is seeming less and less likely McGregor will return to the octagon before fighting Mayweather. “He obviously has a lot of opportunities right now,” Dana while speaking with TMZ Sports about what might be next for McGregor.
“Tony Ferguson is out there. The Floyd Mayweather thing is out there. We’ll see how this thing plays out. Yeah, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for my business, but I would never stop Conor from making that kind of money.”
The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas has gone so far as to reserve the date of June 10th, a weekend Mayweather generally likes to fight on, for the super fight. It didn’t seem like White wanted to be forthcoming with any more information, though.
“It has nothing to do with us,” said White. “Nothing to do with the Floyd-Conor fight.”
Dana White has a tendency to say one thing and mean the exact opposite as president of the UFC. Fans might be wise to reserve June 10th off work, and start preparing for the biggest pay-per-view ever, because it’s looking more and more likely that this one is going to happen.