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The biggest ongoing story in combat sports today is undeniably the potential mega fight between retired boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. and MMA superstar Conor McGregor. This fight dominated combat sports headlines for the majority of 2016, and continues to do so as we barrel into the year 2017.
Perhaps the biggest development in this story thus far occurred earlier this week, when UFC president Dana White made what he called a “real offer” to Mayweather.
“I’ll tell you what Floyd, here’s a real offer,” White said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. “I’m actually making a real offer. We’ll pay you $25 million, we’ll pay Conor $25 million, and then we’ll talk about [a pay-per-view split] at a certain number.”
As anyone who is following this story knows, of course, this offer didn’t exactly tickle Mayweather’s fancy. Instead, the boxer (who reportedly made more than $200 million for his May 2015 battle with Manny Pacquiao), called White a “comedian” for suggesting such a low number.
“You’re a f*cking comedian,” Mayweather told TMZ after hearing White’s offer. “You’re a f*cking comedian. Look at my watch I bought, look at that Hublot. Get that Hublot. You know how much that cost? Look it up.”
The watch Mayweather was referencing in this interview has a price tag of more than $220,000.
While Mayweather was clearly not impressed by White’s first official offer, however, he recently assured that he is “absolutely” still interested in a fight with McGregor. He did so during the broadcast of James DeGale and Badou Jack’s super-middleweight title unification fight.
“The best thing to do is look up how much money Conor McGregor has made, then look up how much money Floyd Mayweather has made,” the boxer said of this proposed fight. “And then we can make the fight happen.”
“I’m a business man when it’s all said and done,” he continued when asked outright if he wanted the fight. “Absolutely.”
Watch Mayweather’s latest comments in full at the top of this post.
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