While negotiations have begun between Floyd Mayweather and UFC President Dana White for a potential boxing superfight between Mayweather and UFC superstar Conor McGregor, there is still an extremely long road ahead before an agreement is reached.
Mayweather started the year by offering McGregor $15 million for a boxing match, with the boxing icon leaving the door open to negotiations regarding the PPV split.
“We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather said. “They know what my number is. My number is a guaranteed $100 million. That was my number.
“We are willing to give him $15 million and then we can talk about splitting the percentage — the back end — on the pay-per-view. But of course, we’re the ‘A side.’ How can a guy talk about making 20 or 30 million if he has never made 8 or 9 million in a fight.”
UFC President Dana White was quick to make an appearance on Fox Sports 1 and counter Mayweather’s offer, stating that both he and McGregor would earn $25 million, and that they could discuss a PPV split. Mayweather of course was quick to fire back and shut down White’s offer, saying the UFC President was a comedian.
Since then there has been radio silence on the matter, however Mayweather took to social media today to lob another shot at McGregor:
Before you ask for $25M, be worth more than $25M. You have the "2" and the "5" right but you meant to say $2.5M not $25M. pic.twitter.com/07vaWF0hen
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) January 19, 2017
While the two men have both expressed mutual interest in fighting, boxing promoter Bob Arum has maintained that talks are meaningless, and the pair will never step into the ring together:
“Let me tell you something, Conor McGregor is not a boxer, so if they box on the boxing rules with the regular gloves, a novice would beat him, because he has no experience as a boxer. On the other hand if they did [MMA], Floyd wouldn’t have a chance, so it’s just talk, and it’s absolutely nonsense for these guys to fight each other.”
“He (Dana White) is playing a game. Because Floyd is calling McGregor out, and the point is McGregor has a contract with the UFC, so no fight, even if McGregor wanted, can be done without the UFC so this is Dana White’s way of establishing that point.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/19/2017.