Several weeks ago news emerged that UFC President Dana White was able to secure Conor McGregor‘s side of a deal for a potential boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. White then revealed that with McGregor’s side of the deal done, he would now move to negotiating with Floyd Mayweather’s team.
Since then, there have been no further updates regarding the status of a potential McGregor-Mayweather showdown. With that being said however, UFC President Dana White recently spoke to the press in New York to reveal that while the percentages haven’t been discussed, he is confident that a deal will be reached. MMAFighting has the transcription:
“We haven’t even got there yet. We haven’t even talked percentages yet. Floyd can think whatever, but the machine that the UFC has and Conor McGregor alone is a machine by himself. I think that 50-50 is pretty fair.”
“I think this thing does, conservatively, between 2-1/2 and 4 million buys. Other people think more. … And this thing will kill it, globally. Conor McGregor and the UFC are huge in Brazil, huge in Australia, massive in the UK and other parts of Europe.”
While talks have continued to progress, fans are still skeptical as to whether or not the fight will end up actually happening. According to Dana White, there’s a “75 percent” chance the fight happens:
“I’m very bullish on this fight, I think it happens. These guys are gonna have to come up with something way out of left field for this fight not to happen.”
“We’re ready to go, and I think what we’re looking at in the deal is as fair as fair can be. You’ve gotta understand, Floyd and [Al] Haymon and that group are used to dealing with the scummiest human beings on the planet Earth. I think it’s a little refreshing working with us, and I’m not just being arrogant. They’ve said that to us. I can see it getting done.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/1/2017/