UFC president Dana White predicts Floyd Mayweather will make $100 million and Conor McGregor (pictured) will score $75 million in a blockbuster boxing match.
“It depends on how much the fight sells,” White said on the The Herd. “If the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of $100 [million] and Conor makes $75 [million].
“[Mayweather] feels like he’s the A-side and he should get more of it. We really haven’t got into that negotiation yet.”
Mayweather and McGregor have each expressed on multiple occasions that they both want $100 million for the scrap.
A nine-figure paycheck is old hat for Mayweather. He made a guaranteed $100 million beating Manny Pacquiao in 2015, and reportedly walked away with $130 million more after receiving his piece of the pay-per-view pie.
While McGregor is the UFC’s biggest draw, he has not scored anything close to $75 million for a fight. And that’s why Mayweather is adamant that he’s the “A-side” despite having retired from boxing in 2015.
McGregor has been hellbent on facing Mayweather since capturing the UFC lightweight title in November. There’s rumblings that he may walk away from combat sports altogether after cashing in on a box office bout with Mayweather.
White, who at one time was BFFs with McGregor, promised his cash cow that he’d do everything in his power to turn this fantasy fight into reality.
“At the end of the day, does this fight make a ton of sense for me? It really doesn’t,” White revealed. “But Conor wants this thing really bad and I’ve said this many times – the kid’s stepped up and saved some big fights for me. I’m in. I’ll figure it out.
“There’s no doubt people want to see this fight,” White said. “It’s all anybody ever asks me about. I’m going to do my best to see if I can get this thing done. I’m not saying I can, but we’re trying to.”