Earlier this week, UFC President Dana White said that negotiations for a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are not close to being done. Today, however, White made it clear that the plans to get the fight done are certainly in motion.
“I think we get the McGregor side in the next couple of days,” White said on The Herd, per MMAFighting. “And then I go lock myself in a room for a couple days with Team Mayweather and see what we can come out with.”
Asked to predict what the financial split would be between the two fighters, White gave an estimate:
“It depends on how much the fight sells,” White said. “And if the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of $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."
Unlike in the UFC, boxing offers many opportunities to negotiate specific details of the contest, from the glove size to the size of the ring itself. But White clarified that the fight will not be some sort of hybrid to limit Mayweather’s seemingly massive advantages: it will be a boxing match.
“Obviously, in boxing, you start to negotiate things like the gloves and the officials and the judges,” White added, “and how big the ring is — a lot of different things you can negotiate as far as the fight goes. But again, 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 (figured out). 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.
“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.
“Listen, one of the things that we’ve done and the reason we’ve built this brand the way that we have is, we always bring people the fights they want to see. 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.”