In the delicate and often infuriating dance that is “fight making,” Dana White has proposed a financial agreement between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor that would pay each fighter $25 million USD up front with discussions about splitting back end profits if they were ever to compete in a sanctioned boxing match.
This comes on the heels of Mayweather’s assertion that he would be willing to give McGregor $15 million USD, stating, “We are willing to give him $15 million and then we can talk about splitting the percentage — the back end — on the pay-per-view. But of course, we’re the ‘A side.’ How can a guy talk about making 20 or 30 million if he has never made 8 or 9 million in a fight.”
As much as UFC president Dana White has downplayed the fight every occurring, he seems to finally be on board.
Appearing on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on FS1, White said, “I’ll tell you what Floyd, here’s a real offer and I’m the guy, I’m the guy that can actually make the offer and I’m actually making a real offer. We pay you $25 million, we’ll pay Conor $25 million and then we’ll talk about pay-per-view at a certain number. There’s a real offer.”
White went on to discuss who was the actual draw in the matchup – referencing that while Mayweather scored 4 million PPV buys vs. Manny Pacquiao, he only got 350,000 versus Andre Berto.
Conversely, McGregor has been on consistent streak of pulling in well over a million pay-per-view buys.
“The last fight, the last major fight you were in, you left such a bad taste in everybody’s mouth that nobody wants to see you again,” White said. “His last fight did 350,000 pay-per-view buys. Conor did 1.3 (million for UFC 205) and 1.5 (million for UFC 202) pay-per-view buys. So I don’t understand how you think you’re the ‘A’ side and there’s a reason why you want this Conor McGregor fight so bad — because you know that’s your money fight.”
As for the potential for this specific fight, White believes this matchup could pull in more than 2 million PPV buys.