Dana White Discusses Conor McGregor – Floyd Mayweather, Says UFC Champ “Just as Important ” to Bout
By FCF Staff
Dana White still believes Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather will box at some juncture, but based off recent comments from the UFC President, it seems clear that agreeing to a revenue split has been very problematic.
Since talk about the super fight really kicked off, Mayweather has repeatedly said that he should receive more of the bout’s proceeds. McGregor, however, has taken issue with that argument, and has called for an even split.
Following UFC 210 this past weekend, White was asked for an update on the long rumored bout. The UFC President said a deal is not close, and White also shot down claims from Floyd Mayweather’s uncle Jeff, that the UFC’s asking for an 80 – 20 split in favor of McGregor.
White also had this to say about the fight’s negotiations (quote via MMA Fighting):
“The longer it takes for us to come to an agreement, I think the longer it’s going to take to negotiate with the Mayweather team. Because I know all the talk of ‘A’ side, ‘B’ side and all this stuff. Listen, of course everything I say is going to come off biased because he’s my guy, but you guys judge. Is Conor McGregor not a massive star? This fight here, Floyd doesn’t make this kind of money either without Conor, so Conor is just as important as Floyd when it comes to this fight. Not to mention the fact that, Conor is actually stepping in and boxing him and not saying, ‘hey, let’s fight in mixed martial arts.’”
McGregor and his girlfriend Dee Devlin are having their first child in the coming weeks, and as result, the UFC champ has said he’d like to box Mayweather in September.