Even with the UFC lightweight champion not having a single professional boxing fight to his name going up against arguably one of the greatest boxers in the history of the sport, the masses will surely tune in, if the superfight takes place.
White spoke on The Herd on Wednesday and revealed some very interesting information on the negotiations involving the two combat sports superstars.
“I think we get the McGregor side in the next couple of days,” White said (transcribed by Shaun Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting). “And then I go lock myself in a room for a couple days with Team Mayweather and see what we can come out with.”
Host Colin Cowherd asked White what the fight purses for Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will look like, to which the UFC President divulged his estimated numbers.
“It depends on how much the fight sells,” White said. “And if the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of $100 (million) and Conor makes $75 (million).”
White’s estimates are a huge gap from his initial offer to Mayweather of $25 million to fight McGregor, which was made in January.
“He (Mayweather) feels like he’s the A-side and he should get more of it. We haven’t really gotten into that negotiation yet. I wanted to get McGregor locked in first, because McGregor is under contract with me. And 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 it many times, the kid’s stepped up and saved some big fights for me, man, so I’m in. I’ll figure it out.
“Obviously, in boxing, you start to negotiate things like the gloves and the officials and the judges,” White added, “and how big the ring is — a lot of different things you can negotiate as far as the fight goes. But again, I haven’t gotten into a room with Team Mayweather yet, and who knows. The Conor side, we’re good on the Conor side. I need to figure out the Mayweather side, and maybe it can’t be (figured out). Maybe the other side can’t be done, but we’ll see. I promised Conor I’d do everything I could to make this thing happen, so that’s what I’m going to do.”
White said he is expecting to do most of the negotiations with Mayweather’s partner Al Haymon, rather than with Floyd Mayweather himself.
“This is isn’t going to be UFC,” White added. “It’s going to be a boxing match. It’s not going to have anything to do with the UFC. My brand, the closest thing my brand will be to this is obviously I’ll be a part of the promotion for the fight, and Conor’s my guy. That’s it.
“Listen, one of the things that we’ve done and the reason we’ve built this brand the way that we have is, we always bring people the fights they want to see. There’s no doubt that people want to see this fight, and it’s all anybody ever asks me about, so I’m going to do my best to see if I can get this thing done. I’m not saying I can, but we’re trying to.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/19/2017.