And apparently, it still isn’t enough to get the job done.
Reports indicate that pseudo-retired boxing great Floyd Mayweather offered UFC superstar Conor McGregor $50 million to fight in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve.
Bleacher Report notes that “Mayweather has yet to run it by UFC President Dana White, who must approve any bout involving UFC-contracted fighters,” so that could be some good news seeing as The Notorious was seen yesterday with a smirk on his face after leaving a meeting with the UFC Commissioner.
However, critics point out that Mayweather’s offer, although sounding like a lot of money, is actually only nickels in the bank vault of a rake the rumored superfight could have in store, touting the fact that McGregor overpowers Money Mayweather in three foreign PPV markets – Europe, Australia and Canada – and the fact that Mayweather’s supposed last bout against Pacquiao paled in comparison to McGregor vs Nate Diaz, albeit a loss for the Irishman.
Simply put, it sounds like Dana White and the UFC side will want/deserve a little more coin when it comes to the negotiating table, and there’s so many things yet to be ironed out. White expressed that sentiment in a recent ESPN Radio interview with Russillo & Kanell.
“Let me put it to you this way. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are in the same sport. It took how long for those two to fight? Now imagine how hard it would be to get (Mayweather and McGregor) to fight. They’re not in the same sport.” …
… “Is this thing going to be MMA or boxing rules? Who’s getting the lion’s share of the money? This and that. It’s impossible. But like I’ve said, “Floyd, you want to fight Conor, call me.”
Boxing? MMA? How many rounds? Round legnth? Who’s officiating? Who’s broadcasting? The list goes on. So much money tied up in this baby if it actually happens.