Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Dana White Says Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Fight Will Happen

Dana White Says Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Fight Will Happen

"The thing is, the longer it takes for us to come to an agreement (with McGregor), I think the longer it's going to take to negotiate with the Mayweather team". We're not close [to a fight agreement] but I see this fight happening...

In an interview with the Guardian, Hearn said: "I don't mind MMA and I've been fascinated by Conor McGregor from a business perspective". He's stepped up for the big fights for this company and for me and for Lorenzo [Fertitta], I can't deny him this fight. He said McGregor still stands to make the biggest money he earns compared to all his fights in the UFC, but 20 percent is "a tough pill to swallow".

If anything, White is trying to help further McGregor's cause of fighting one of the most recognizable figures in combat sports, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.

Jeff Mayweather, Floyd's uncle, told Helen Yee of Eyes on the Game that the UFC was holding up the bout by demanding an 80-20 purse split with McGregor.

For those not familiar with Jeff Mayweather, he was a very successful fighter in his own right during his career and is a respected trainer in the sport today. "After Conor has his baby, Conor and I are gonna meet in NY and then we'll go from there", he said. Jeff, are you the spokesman now for fucking Team Mayweather? And Bob Arum? You piece of sh*t.

"What do they know about this fight?" While both fighters are known for their PPV drawing power, there is no certainty that they will generate the same high PPV turnout when they face each other in a boxing match.

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With UFC 210 set to take place in Buffalo, New York over the weekend, the talk about this much-awaited fight inevitably made its way into media conversations. The UFC president is unsure when the fight is going to take place. "It's intriguing and obviously it's a fight that Conor wants because financially it's gonna be massive for him", said White to Colin Cowherd.

McGregor hasn't fought since he defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016.

"Believe me, we have had preliminary talks with Conor", White said.

"Conor is having a baby any day now".

But negotiations are proving to be time consuming, seemingly because there are so many egos arguing over who should be the A-side and who should be the B-side - which essentially just means who is mentioned first on the official fight poster.

He added: "But if they need a promoter, give me a call".

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