UFC president Dana White seems to think that the deal for Conor McGregor’s dream super fight with veteran boxer Floyd Mayweather may come to fruition in the next few weeks.
Appearing on The Herd on Wednesday, White said he was looking to get a deal sorted out with the UFC lightweight champion in the next week, and that he would then begin negotiating terms with Mayweather after that.
“I think we get the McGregor side in the next couple of days,” said White. “And then I go lock myself in a room for a couple of days with Team Mayweather and see what we can come out with.”
Colin Cowherd also asked the question that has been on the lips of so many fans, athletes, and pundits over the last few months. Just how much could these two combat sports superstars stand to make? Money has traditionally been a point of friction in negotiations for Mayweather and his team, and it seems that the potential super fight between McGregor and Mayweather is no different.
“It depends on how much the fight sells,” admitted White. “And if the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of a $100 (million) and Conor makes $75 (million).”
“He (Mayweather) feels like he’s the A-side and he should get more of it. We haven’t really gotten into that negotiation yet. I wanted to get McGregor locked in first because McGregor is under contract with me. And at the end of the day, does this fight make a ton of sense for me? It really doesn’t. But 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, man, so I’m in. I’ll figure it out.”
I'm thankful for the cheese.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2017
But after White came out and said McGregor stands to make 75 million (less than Mayweather), it was only a matter of time before “The Notorious” would respond.
“Happy Thursday everyone, how’s that 75 milli make your stomach feel?” he wrote. “It’s actually 100+ milli if we go by the non conservative numbers the fight will actually do and that’s not including my endorsements and business ventures. 28 years of age. Fresh c*nt. Doubt me now.” he said in a recent Instagram post.
I don't need glasses I just like how they look on my face even tho they tilt on me cos of my banged up nose and ears I still feel like I look good happy Thursday everyone how's that 75milli make your stomach feel? It's actually 100+ milli if we go by the non conservative numbers the fight will actually do and that's not including my endorsements and business ventures. 28 years of age. Fresh cunt. Doubt me now 🙌
Of course, it’s unlikely we’ll ever be privy to the final deal, but you can rest assure that McGregor will fight for every single dollar.
What other things might be on the table for negotiation? Well, the ring size for one.
“In boxing, you start to negotiate things like the gloves and the officials and the judges, and how big the ring is… I haven’t gotten into a room with Team Mayweather yet, and who knows. The Conor side, we’re good on the Conor side. I need to figure out the Mayweather side, and maybe it can’t be. Maybe the other side can’t be done, but we’ll see. I promised Conor I’d do everything I could to make this thing happen, so that’s what I’m going to do.”
At the end of the day, it seems that White and the UFC will be doing everything they can to help McGregor make it to the ring and give fans the fight they want.
“This is isn’t going to be UFC,” White said. “It’s going to be a boxing match. It’s not going to have anything to do with the UFC. My brand, the closest thing my brand will be to this is obviously I’ll be a part of the promotion for the fight, and Conor’s my guy. That’s it…
There’s no doubt that people want to see this fight, and it’s all anybody ever asks me about, so I’m going to do my best to see if I can get this thing done. I’m not saying I can, but we’re trying to.”