Well now, things have just got a little more interesting…
When everyone started talking about Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, very few people believed it would happen. After seeing how long it took to make the Manny Pacquiao fight, booking a fight between Mayweather and a champion from another sport seemed highly unlikely.
Improbable and criticized as the discussion was, less than 18 months down the line and it’s becoming a reality. Even UFC president Dana White was quick to nix the idea, but has now become crucial in negotiations.
McGregor’s Contract & Dana White’s Involvement
Currently the UFC lightweight and former featherweight champion, McGregor’s future in MMA remains in question. Having already been stripped of the 145-pound belt due to inactivity in the division, it’s fair to say there is a limit.
As the terms of McGregor’s contract don’t allow him to fight anywhere but in the UFC, Dana White has become involved to broker a new deal. Speaking with Brett Okamoto, it looks as though the terms to fight Mayweather are now agreed by the Irishman:
“I think we’re there. Conor and I have agreed on a deal. Then you get a bunch of lawyers involved, and it (could get) stupid. It will be me and (Al) Haymon, in Vegas or LA.”
“It’s either going to happen this year, or it’s never going to happen at all. This isn’t something that I’m going to spend a bunch of time on, or I’m going to dedicate the next three months of my life to.” he said. “Conor wants to fight twice this year. He feels the same way. He wants one of those fights to be Floyd, if possible.”
As transcribed by Bloody Elbow.
Jeff Mayweather’s Estimate
Wondering how much the UFC will want to taste from McGregor vs. Mayweather? Floyd’s uncle and trainer Jeff said the following:
Speaking to Helen Yee of Eyes on the Game, Jeff Mayweather revealed the “horrendous” purse split between “The Notorious” and the UFC, who likely be involved if the fight comes to fruition.
“80-20 percent,” Mayweather said. “(Conor) would have to take 20 percent, if he’s allowed to fight. And the one thing is that Dana’s his boss. He’ll still make more money than he ever did, but at the same time, that’s very tough pill to swallow.”
“If somebody tells you ‘I’m gonna take 80 percent of your money, and you’re the one that’s fighting for it, that’s still a tough pill to swallow. Even if you made more money than you ever did. But, it is what it is.”
“That (purse split) is the major issue,” Mayweather said. “And if he (McGregor) signed the contract, fight will be made. Floyd has no problem signing the contract. It’s up to Conor.”
To me the 80/20 is his way of bitching out, hoping dude would never agree to this. But if he is so certain he will in. The purse should go 80/20 in favor of the winner.
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