There has been a lot of public posturing on both sides regarding a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, especially since McGregor announced he and the UFC had signed off on a deal. But now negotiations are finally under way behind closed doors between the two sides.
The LA Times has reported that an unnamed source has confirmed that Mayweather’s camp has been in discussion with representatives from the UFC.
According to the source, the two parties are looking a getting the fight made for "early fall".
One interesting detail of the report is that UFC President Dana White has apparently not been involved in negotiations so far. Rather, Mayweather’s representatives led by his manager Al Haymon have been in discussions with the UFC’s ownership group WME-IMG. White has publicly said that he will be sitting down with Haymon to negotiate the fight, but it appears the UFC’s new owners are handling the process so far.
If Mayweather and McGregor do fight in the fall, the potentially record-breaking pay-per-view will not take place far off from the recently announced fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez. White even said publicly that the September 16 date on which Canelo and GGG will fight was originally targeted as the date for Mayweather vs. McGregor.