Today, retired boxing champion Floyd Mayweather was a guest on ESPN’s First Take and called out UFC champion Conor McGregor and UFC president Dana White to get a deal done.
You guys keep hearing all these different rumors about different fighters want to face Floyd Mayweather,” he said. “Everybody keeps talking about Conor McGregor. He’s blowing smoke up everybody’s a–. Dana White, the UFC — let’s make it happen. Bring him over to the boxing world, and I’ll show him what it’s like.”
We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather said. “They know what my number is. My number is a guaranteed $100 million. That was my number.
“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.”
Mayweather was later asked if he was interested in fight Pacquiao but it appears that fighting McGregor is the only thing that has peaked his interest so far.
“Only thing I’m probably interested in is the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather said. “I’m a businessman, and it makes business sense. I believe in what me and [adviser] Al Haymon talk about every day — I believe in working smarter, not harder.”
Hopefully the UFC and Floyd figure this out because the circus leading up to the fight would be amazing.