UFC president Dana White is fully on board with Conor McGregor in pursuing a proposed boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. but bared that a lot of work remains in getting the mega-fight done.
In an interview with FS1’s ‘The Herd’ on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time), White said much remains uncertain with a certainly lengthy negotiation between the two camps yet to get rolling. But the UFC boss is sure that their side is completely supporting McGregor’s desire for the fight, and that a massive payday is in store for both fighters should the match happen.
“It depends how much the fight sells. 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 said.
The 40-year-old Mayweather had already made that much for a guaranteed purse in his 2015 win over Manny Pacquiao, while the 28-year-old McGregor made a UFC-record $3M disclosed fight purse in his rematch with Nate Diaz last August.
White disclosed that he has been talking to McGregor, who is on leave from the UFC as he waits for the birth of his first child in May, and that the promoter has promised his fighter all he can to make the mega-bout happen. But the UFC boss admitted much work is left to be done, especially in finding out what the Mayweather camp wants to make the deal.
"[Mayweather] feels like he's the A side and he should get more of it. We really haven't got into that negotiation yet,” he said. “I wanted to get McGregor locked in first because McGregor is under contract with me. 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 this many times: The kid's stepped up and saved some big fights for me. I'm in. I'll figure it out."
“The Conor side -- we're good on the Conor side. I need to figure out the Mayweather side, and maybe it can't be. Maybe the Mayweather side can't be done. We'll see,” White added. “I promised Conor I'd do everything I could to make this fight happen, so that's what I'm going to do."
While he hasn’t been inside a room to negotiate with Team Mayweather yet, White remained optimistic that the fight will happen especially with the public demand. Still, tricky as the negotiations might be, the UFC boss said he will do everything in his power to clear obstacles from their side in making the deal done.
“There's no doubt people want to see this fight. It's all anybody ever asks me about. I'm going to do my best to see if I can get this thing done,” he said.
“I'm not saying I can, but we're trying to."