THE first step for the long-awaited superfight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is done as the UFC lightweight champ revealed he has signed a ‘record-breaking deal’ for a match with the boxing legend.
In an exclusive statement to Themaclife.com on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time), McGregor said that with his part done, he expects Mayweather to follow suit for the mega-fight to finally take place.
"The first, and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on. Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await [Mayweather's adviser] Al Haymon and his boxer's signature in the coming days," said McGregor, who did not disclose the terms of the deal he signed.
Earlier, UFC president Dana White appeared on TNT’s post-game wrapup of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals opener and shared that McGregor has already agreed on the deal.
"The McGregor side is done. I'm starting to work on the Mayweather side now,” he said of the superfight that would be ‘straight-up boxing.’
"I'm not saying the fight will happen, but I've got one side done, now it's time to work on the other. If we can come to a deal with Haymon and Mayweather, the fight's gonna happen," he added.
On the other hand, Mayweather said he has not received any information from the UFC and McGregor’s camp and he’s awaiting the terms of the deal, according to an ESPN report. The retired boxing great, though, insisted on his desire to make the fight happen despite of all the snags in the negotiation process.
"I'm not here to throw anybody under the bus, [and] I can't sit here and say that they are waiting on us. I'm not saying that. And we're not waiting on them,” he said. "I have a team for [negotiating], but as soon as their side [the UFC] communicates with our side, then the fight will happen."
"There's only one fight that makes business sense. I came out of retirement because I'm a businessman and I want to give the world what they want to see,” added Mayweather. “McGregor's a fighter. I'm a fighter. This is what the fight fans and MMA fans want to see."