White: UFC Is In Talks With Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather stated in a recent interview that the UFC had an offer for the undefeated boxer, and now UFC President Dana White says the offer and negotiations are very real.
“We’re talking to Floyd about doing a UFC deal,” White told ESPN.
“It’s real. He was talking about [boxing] Conor McGregor. Was that real? Have you heard Floyd talk about many things that aren’t real? He usually tips his hand when he’s in the media, and then that s— ends up happening.
“We’re interested in doing something with Floyd. Everything is a realistic possibility. Mayweather vs. McGregor f—ing happened. Anything is possible.”
The relationship between Mayweather and the UFC began during the hype for Mayweather’s August boxing match against Conor McGregor, UFC’s biggest star. Following Mayweather’s stoppage victory, the 40-year-old promised it would be the final fight of his career.
During a live social media stream earlier this month, however, Mayweather said he could sign with UFC.
“They just called me not too long ago and asked me to come back,” said Mayweather, via Fight Hype.
“I can come right back. If I wanted to, I can come right back to the UFC. I can go fight in the Octagon. I can do a three- or four-fight deal in the Octagon and make a billion dollars. Remember, I’m Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.”
During the buildup to the McGregor fight, Mayweather claimed that the two could fight in an MMA fight.
Even if Mayweather is serious about a UFC deal, it is very unlikely that he would face McGregor inside the Octagon.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission sanctioned a boxing match, but it would be much harder to justify sanctioning an MMA fight, where Mayweather would face an even greater disadvantage than McGregor did in the boxing ring.
According to Showtime, the Mayweather-McGregor event generated more than $600 million in revenue. White told ESPN that global pay-per-view buys settled at around 6.5 million.
“There was no way I thought that fight was going to happen, but when you sit down with a smart guy like [Mayweather adviser] Al Haymon, a very intelligent guy, anything is possible,” White said. “And Floyd, as much as he does the money thing and this and that, Floyd was actually very easy to work with. I was impressed.”