Dana White says while it’s still “not close” yet, he “can’t deny” Conor McGregor the proposed boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather.
Apart from cursing out Bob Arum and Jeff Mayweather for their ‘bulls—t’ claims on the purse split between UFC and Conor McGregor, Dana White also gave an update on the negotiations for the proposed boxing match. According to the UFC president, there’s quite a bit of hurdles to get over — such as Floyd Mayweather’s agreement with Showtime — but he’s been discussing things with the boxer’s camp for a while now.
“Mayweather’s team would have to deal with [Showtime]. I’m dealing with my side, I’ll let them deal with their side,” White said on the UFC 210 post-fight press conference (transcribed by Fox Sports). “I’ve been talking to [Mayweather’s team] for a while now.”
White also said he has had preliminary talks with McGregor about things, and confirmed that he is indeed planning on meeting with the UFC champ in New York to ‘hammer out’ the finer details soon.
He says they’re still not close to making it official, but believes the fight will happen.
“Conor is having a baby any day now. After Conor has his baby, Conor and I are going to meet in New York,” White said. “We’re not close [to a deal]. I see this fight happening. Conor wants it and Floyd wants it. I’ve said many times, Conor has done a lot. He’s stepped up for the big fights for this company and for me and for Lorenzo [Fertitta], I can’t deny him this fight.
“The longer it takes for us to come to an agreement, I think the longer it’s going to take to negotiate with the Mayweather team,” White explained. “Cause I know all the talk of ‘A’ side, ‘B’ side and all this stuff.
“Listen, everything I say is going to come off biased because he’s my guy but you guys judge. Is Conor McGregor not a massive star? This fight here, Floyd doesn’t make this kind of money either without Conor so Conor is just as important as Floyd when it comes to this fight. Not to mention, Conor’s actually stepping in and boxing him and not saying ‘hey let’s fight in mixed martial arts’.”