UFC superstar Conor McGregor scooped up the biggest payday of his entire career with his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather. Although the UFC lightweight champion came up short and was stopped by the undefeated boxing legend in the 10th round, he still won in terms of pay.
“The Notorious” earned a guaranteed $30 million fight purse while “Money” Mayweather got his demands of a guaranteed $100 million fight purse. In addition to their fight purses, a substantial amount of money was made for both fighters from the pay-per-view revenue.
According to UFC President Dana White, who spoke with TMZ recently, Conor ended up making nearly three times the amount of his $30 million fight purse. With earning that kind of money, it’s making negotiations with McGregor’s next UFC slightly tougher.
“Yeah, we’re talking about it,” White said of McGregor fighting before the end of the year, perhaps at UFC 219 on December 30. “That’s what he wanted to do, but when you make friggin 80 million bucks, things change. I said that before the fight. When you make that kind of money, it can change it.”
White added that while the date is unknown, the opponent for McGregor will be the interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson.
Interestingly, some fight fan on the street asked White if Conor and Georges St-Pierre will fight.
“No, Conor and him won’t … listen, I never say never, but he weighs 185 and Conor weighs 155,” White answered.
“Conor would take that fight,” said the fan.
“Conor would take any fight,” White stated.
According to White, St-Pierre will be staying at 185 to defend his new UFC middleweight title against interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/8/2017.