White Confirms Fight and Massive Paydays
Dana White has flip flopped on this fight for a while, but looks like he is finally seeing the light, or the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Like I said all along, there is no way this fight won’t happen. Considering the PPV fight would generate historically large paydays for both fighters and all parties involved (Mayweather Promotions, and the UFC). Dana White recently estimated that the figures could reach as high as a whopping $100 million each without the PPV disbursements. Holy shit….
On a recent taping of Fox Sports 1’s “The Herd,” White told Colin Cowherd that he sees Mayweather walking out with something over $100 million, while McGregor makes $75 million, crushing anything he’s ever made in one night fighting in the octagon.
“It depends on how much the fight sells,” White said. “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. I wanted to get McGregor locked in first because McGregor is under contract with me. At the end of the day, does this fight make a ton of sense for me? It really doesn’t. 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.”
White is in full support of his cash cow Conor McGregor stepping in the boxing ring for this much anticipated fight, but it all comes down to whether they can come to terms in negotiations with Mayweather. It’s important to remember that Floyd has everything to lose in this fight, while Connor has pretty much nothing to loose. If he lasts 12 rounds, it is a huge win for MMA and reflects poorly on Boxing. If he gets taken out early, boxing isn’t his sport and he can go back to the UFC and still be a star.
“The Conor side — we’re good on the Conor side,” White said. “I need to figure out the Mayweather side, and maybe it can’t be. Maybe the Mayweather side can’t be done. We’ll see. I promised Conor I’d do everything I could to make this fight happen, so that’s what I’m going to do.”
Floyd made a guaranteed $100 million purse in his last fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015. McGregor’s biggest purse to date is $3 million for his rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202, although his pay-per-view cut likely put his totally payday closer to $10 million. Either way, this will be his biggest payday by a long shot.