In one of the more surprising developments of 2017, UFC president Dana White has toed the line of becoming a one-off boxing promoter.
Everyone in the boxing world seemingly wants a piece of the UFC’s Conor McGregor, most notably Floyd Mayweather. One fight that won’t happen, though, is McGregor vs. Manny Pacquiao, for one reason: UFC President Dana White’s disdain for Top Rank head Bob Arum.
Earlier this week, Pacquiao said that he was receptive to the possibility of fighting McGregor, as long as it takes place in the ring rather than the Octagon.
White, who recently made Floyd Mayweather a $25 million offer for a fight with McGregor, shot the Pacquiao bout down. Not because he has something against Manny, but rather due to his longtime grudge with Pacquiao’s promoter.
"Listen, I love Manny Pacquiao," White told Yahoo’s Kevin Iole. "But I don’t love Bob Arum."
White’s bad blood with Arum dates back to the early days of the UFC, when Arum was one of the many established names in the boxing world to denounce mixed-martial-arts as a disgraceful non-sport. The growth of the UFC into a mainstream product has not changed Arum’s views, who still has continued to insult both the sport and White.
"You can tell Arum to save his money and not make any calls over here because we aren’t doing business with him."
For what it’s worth, White appears more than willing to do business with Floyd Mayweather. After dismissing the Mayweather-McGregor super-fight as impossible, White took a huge step by making Floyd an offer — even one so low that it made Mayweather laugh.