On Wednesday, Floyd Mayweather Jr. laid out his terms for accepting a boxing match with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor – a cool $100 million and a percentage of the fight’s pay-per-view buys, with McGergor receiving $15 million and some PPV money.
Friday, UFC president Dana White countered Mayweather’s offer with one that “Money” will likely scoff at: $25 million guaranteed for each fighter, and they can negotiate the PPV split.
“I have an offer. I’ll pay Floyd $25 million and Conor $25 million. Then we’ll talk pay-per-view,” White said on Fox Sports 1’s “Herd with Colin Cowherd.”
White’s about-face is pretty shocking considering he essentially killed the hotly-rumored crossover contest as recently as a few months ago.
“[Conor’s] not fighting Floyd Mayweather,” White stated. “Floyd Mayweather isn’t going to fight him. It’s not going to happen. If you look at the biggest fight anybody ever talked about was Manny Paquiao-Floyd Mayweather. Look how long it took to make that fight, and those guys are in the same sport.
“I’m not taking anything away from Floyd. No matter what you’re doing, to go undefeated for 20 years, it’s a huge feat. But Floyd has been perfect fighting the right guys at the right time. He isn’t gonna get in there and mix it up with Conor.”
Mayweather retired from boxing in September 2015 after bumping his professional record to a perfect 49-0. He said Wednesday that the only fight that entices him to return to the ring would be against McGregor.
“I’m saying right here on this show, Conor McGregor keep telling everybody he want the fight, let’s make it happen,” Mayweather said on ESPN’s First Take. “The only thing I’m probably interested in [if I came out of retirement], is probably the Conor McGregor fight. I’m a business man and it makes more business sense.”
On separate occasions, Mayweather and McGregor have each thrown out $100 million as their price tag to make the fantasy fight a reality.
It’s highly unlikely Mayweather will cut his retirement short for only $25 million guaranteed considering he’s banked over $700 million throughout his illustrious boxing career. Although, the percentage he receives from the fight’s PPV buys could help offset the dip in guaranteed money that he’s accustomed to receiving.
However, this is the fight business and there’s plenty of pride involved. It’s hard to imagine Mayweather accepting the fact McGregor, who hasn’t made more than a disclosed salary of $3 million in a MMA bout, will be making the same guaranteed money as him. On First Take, Mayweather stressed that he’s “the A-side” in this matchup.