Talk of a fight between UFC star Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather has been bubbling for nearly a year. Most recently, Conor has put a pricetag of $100 million on it.
Floyd’s counter? $15 million and a cut of the pay-per-view.
Mayweather discussed the potential fight on ESPN’s First Take this week, and challenged both McGregor and the UFC to close the deal.
“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 ass. 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 added. “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.”
In boxing, Conor McGregor stands no chance to win a fight against Floyd Mayweather, so what about a potential rematch against Manny Pacquiao? Floyd discussed this as well.
Despite making upwards of $300 million in their 2015 fight, Mayweather says he isn’t interested in a rematch. “Only thing I’m probably interested in is the Conor McGregor fight,” he 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.”