UFC President Dana White stopped by The Herd today, and he’s pissed. The flames of the Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather Boxing/MMA superfight have been fanned recently on social media by both fighters, and most recently by statements Mayweather made to ESPN regarding the division of the purse from a potential fight. Not surprisingly, Mayweather envisions the split overwhelmingly in favor of the Money Team.
Mayweather says he’ll take $100 million for the fight, and is willing to let McGregor take home $15 million for his troubles. The negotiation of the potential pay per view split would still be negotiated. Mayweather called himself the “A” side of the negotiation, and said that McGregor shouldn’t get more of the purse because he’s never made anywhere close to that in his career.
Dana White doesn’t see it that way. Today, he sat on the couch and set the record straight on what it’s going to take to make the fight happen, and that if any deal gets done, it’s getting done through him.
He came out firing.
“To think that you’re the “A” side? The last major fight that you were in, you left such a bad taste in everybody’s mouth that nobody wants to see you again. His last fight did 350,000 Pay Per View buys. Conor’s last fight, Conor did a million-three, and a million-five pay per views.”
White also thought the $15 million to McGregor for the fight was insulting. He proposed a hard counter.
“To offer him 15 million. I tell you what Floyd, here’s a real offer, and I’m the guy. I’m the guy that can actually make the offer. And I’m actually making a real offer. We’ll pay you $25 million, we’ll pay Conor $25 million. And we’ll talk about Pay Per View and a certain number. There’s a real offer.”
That should set the record straight with the Mayweather camp if there was any confusion.
When asked what he thought the fight would do in terms of Pay Per View numbers, White said he would expect the fight to draw in excess of 2 million buys.
He also said if the fight does eventually happen, he’ll stack the undercard so the event resembles a UFC Pay Per View. He thinks this would be better for the fans.
“So you’re guaranteed that night, to at least get your money’s worth, unlike the Pacquiao/Mayweather fight.”
White still isn’t convinced that a guy like Mayweather, who he said charters private jets for his luggage, doesn’t need the money.
“Don’t think Floyd doesn’t need the money. Because Floyd loves to burn it.”
Dana White is pissed.
Here’s the full video of Colin’s interview with White: