Last week, we witnessed perhaps the biggest development in the ongoing Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor narrative thus far. UFC President Dana White made the retired boxing great what he called a “real offer” to fight the MMA superstar. This offer was for $25 million dollars, and a to-be-negotiated pay-per-view split.
Shortly after the broadcast of Badou Jack and James DeGale’s super-middleweight title unification fight, FightHype.com caught up with McGregor to discuss this offer. While Mayweather acknowledged that $25 million is certainly good money, he explained that it’s simply far less than he’s become used to.
“The last time I made $25 million – actually I made more – but the last time I made $25 million was 10 years ago,” Mayweather said. “I’m not bragging or boasting I’m just telling the truth. I’m appreciative and thankful, $25 million is still great money. But for the last, I don’t know how many years, my guaranteed lowest was like, 32, a little bit over 32 [million dollars]. In the ‘Canelo’ [Alvarez] fight I made over $100 million in that fight and just in two fights, [Manny] Pacquiao and Canelo, those two fights, somewhere upwards of $400 million. $400 million or better. Sponsorship money leading up to the Pacquiao fight, that week I made 25 to 30 million [dollars]. So these are my numbers. They can say, ‘Floyd’s lying’ all they want to. If I was so desperate and hurting for money I would come back.”
Mayweather went on to explain that he doesn’t really want to deal with White, who he dealt with back in the early days of his career.
“I don’t want to talk to Dana White,” Mayweather said. “Remember, Dana White, he was a player he was a boss but he was a small boss. The big bosses were the Fertittas. But then the Fertitta’s chose to sell the UFC so Dana is just an employee. Dana White – I like Dana White, I don’t have anything against him – but I can remember Dana White used to hang around me and Jeff Mayweather and carry my bags.”
“Dana White, I remember when you used to carry my bags. And remember, Dana White, I showed you love. You had the little Bullenbeisser [White’s former apparel company] patch I wore on my trunks for you, Dana. I’ve always been good to you. But then all of the sudden he cut his head bald and he’s such a tough guy. He’s such a tough guy.”
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