Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather is getting closer to happening…
Either the UFC has had a change of heart or they’ve received new legal advice, but either way company president Dana White has said they will not get in the way of a possible boxing bout between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.
“It doesn’t make a lot of sense for my business but I would never keep Conor from making that kind of money.” – Dana White
The recent comments are in contrast to previous statements made by White and the UFC, including offering each fighter $25 million to fight under the UFC banner. When making the offer, Dana White claimed he was the only person in a position to do so. Now it seems, something has changed.
Likelihood of Conor vs. Floyd Ever Happening
If Dana White is being truthful that the UFC would not attempt to block Floyd vs. Conor, then seemingly the biggest hurdle in the bout’s way has been cleared.
White had this to say when asked if he thinks Conor vs. Floyd will happen:
“I do think it’s gonna happen. I think it’s going to be a tough deal, because obviously [there are] a lot of egos involved in this deal and a lot of people, so that always makes it tougher. On the flip side, there’s so much money involved. I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen.”
If Conor were to lose badly to Floyd it could potentially hurt his drawing power in the UFC. By then Conor will have made so much money however, that it might still be worth it for him. Since the UFC wouldn’t benefit from Conor vs. Floyd and could incur damage to their biggest PPV draw, it is surprising that White has said he wouldn’t stand in the bout’s way. Is it possible Dana knows something we don’t and has ulterior motives behind his comments?
Could Conor Actually Beat Floyd?
Most experts agree Conor should be a huge underdog in a boxing bout against Floyd, just as Floyd would be against him in an MMA bout. With that being said however, many in the MMA community have commented recently that Conor would have a puncher’s chance.
Dana White isn’t even convinced Conor should be that big of an underdog.
“Conor McGregor is huge. He’s 27 years old. He’s in the prime of his career. Floyd is 40. Floyd has always had a problem with southpaws. Conor is a southpaw. And Conor hits hard. When he hits people, they go. Floyd’s definitely not knocking him out — that’s for sure. I’m not saying that Conor would win this boxing match, but it sure makes it interesting.”
Check out Dana’s comments on Conor vs. Floyd, Nate Diaz and more in the video below: