UFC President Dana White has gone through a number of stances concerning the prospective boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. Once saying that the fight was impossible and would never happen, White recently changed his tune.
After saying last month that he now believes the fight will indeed happen, the UFC boss explained this week why the fight has become so important. His reasoning basically boiled down to the intangibles around McGregor, and how special of a fighter the Irish champion is.
“This kid steps up,” White said on FOX Sports’ “The Herd” on Wednesday. “He’ll fight anybody, anywhere, anytime. A lot of people say it, very few really mean it.
“Conor McGregor, I call him the unicorn. I’ve never dealt with a kid like this. So for him to have this kind of opportunity, to make this kind of money, this type of a fight that people are so interested in worldwide, I almost feel like I have to make it."
Conventional wisdom would say that Mayweather would outclass McGregor in a boxing match; the 49-0 boxer is the greatest of his generation and perhaps the best defensive fighter of all time, whereas McGregor has 0 pro boxing bouts. But White says that there are still variables that make this fight a must-watch for fans.
“It’s a fight that people do want to see,” White said. “It’s intriguing and obviously it’s a fight that Conor wants because financially it’s going to be massive for him. McGregor, he’s a guy that I have a lot of respect for.”