Dana White fires back at Floyd Mayweather
- Author: Regina Holmes Jan 16, 2017,
Jan 16, 2017, 0:51
Dana White, the president of UFC, says that wasn't true, and that he was offering each fighter $25 million apiece, plus a split of the pay-per-view revenue.
The idea of a meeting between retired boxer Mayweather, who never lost a professional fight, and Irish UFC star McGregor has circulated amongst the fight community since the latter was granted a professional boxing licence in California a year ago.
"We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight", Mayweather said. Mr. TMT pocketed between $220-230 million for his fight against Manny Pacquiao, and he said that he wanted $100 million for this fight on First Take.
He then outlined the terms which would see him emerge from retirement to face McGregor under Queensbury Rules in terms of the athletic discipline and Mayweather Rules in terms of the remuneration.
A bout between the superstars has been discussed for about a year, but had been considered a long shot because McGregor is under contract with the UFC and the organization would have to have involvement in the promotion.
White has insisted his offer is the only concrete one as talk intensifies around a super-fight between Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more boxing coverage and updates on Mayweather vs. McGregor.
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"To think that you're the "A" side?" McGregor has never even made anything close to that off a fight.
"I'll tell you what Floyd, here's a real offer", White told Fox Sports.
It is hard to gauge what the outcome would be in a McGregor vs. Mayweather fight.
At the end of November he was issued a boxing license in the state of California in a development that fueled speculation about a showdown between him and Mayweather.
A bout between the two would undoubtedly break all previous pay-per-view records, and it would be a fight into which the whole world would tune. "I think it's a very smart fight for both guys", he said.
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