One of the most talked about sporting spectacles (Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor in a boxing match) could be on the horizon, and that’s according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, who recently gauged the projected pay outs for unretired boxing great Mayweather Jr. and current UFC lightweight champion McGregor.
“I think we get the McGregor side in the next couple of days. And then I go lock myself in a room for a couple days with Team Mayweather and see what we can come out with,” White said on his most recent appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd (via MMA Fighting).
“It depends on how much the fight sells. 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),” White said.
“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.”
Mayweather Jr., 40, hung ‘em up in 2015 following a unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto, thus bringing his professional boxing ledger to 49-0. However, in March of this year, the Grand Rapids native elected to unretire and lace ‘em up for one last outing, and one particular person; “The Notorious.”
Presently, McGregor’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career is on a crest of a wave – first ever dual champion in UFC history, having held the featherweight title (now stripped) whilst annexing the 155-pound strap from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
Furthermore, the Irishman is the WME-IMG’s most coveted cash cow; raking in millions upon millions of dollars for the company.
It appears the 28-year-old McGregor who has yet to defend a title in the UFC, isn’t in a hurry to defend his lightweight crown any time soon, especially if his eagerly awaited boxing match-up with five-divisional world champion Mayweather Jr. comes to fruition.