UFC president Dana White has acknowledged that a superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is very likely, and in the beginning stages of planning… but says there’s still a lot of work to go.
This week, during an appearance on Fox Sports 1’s “The Herd”, he offered some specific estimates about how much of a payday each fighter would get for the potential fight.
White says Conor could get $75 million, a number that would by far surpass any payday he’s received in the UFC.
“It depends on how much the fight sells,” he 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.”
To date, McGregor’s biggest disclosed purse in the UFC is $3 million for the welterweight rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August — the richest disclosed purse in mma history. The number, however, doesn’t include undisclosed bonuses and his PPV points.
Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) made a guaranteed $100 million purse for his record-breaking fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015.
So far, Floyd has publicly asked for a June date, while Conor is targeting a September date.