Dana White has responded to Floyd Mayweather’s proposal to Conor McGregor for a boxing match, but the UFC president’s counter offer might not be to the retired champion’s liking.
“I’ll tell you what Floyd, here’s a real offer, and I’m the guy who can actually make the offer, and I’m actually making a real offer,” White said during an appearance on “The Herd” Friday. “We’ll pay you $25 million, we’ll pay Conor $25 million, and then we’ll talk pay-per-view and a certain number. There is a real offer.”
On Wednesday, Mayweather went on ESPN’s “First Take” claiming that he attempted to make the showdown with McGregor a reality. Of course, his take would have been a lot more than what White is offering.
“We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather said. “They know what my number is. My number was a guaranteed $100 million. That was my number. We’re the A-side. I don’t know how much money Conor McGregor has made. I’m pretty sure he hasn’t even made $10 million in an MMA bout. We are willing to give him $15 million and then we could talk about splitting the percentage, the back end percentage on pay-per-view.”
On Friday, White shot down the notion that Mayweather ever made such an offer, claiming that his was the “real offer to Floyd.”
McGregor remains under contract with the UFC, which means any potential booking with Mayweather would have to be co-promoted by the Las Vegas-based organization. According to White, a UFC event topped by a Mayweather vs. McGregor card would feature a stacked undercard.
“If we did Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, there would be another championship bout as the co-main event and a stacked card just like we did in New York [at UFC 205],” White said. “And when the show was over, people would leave at least, whether they went to the event or bought it on pay-per-view, feeling like they got their money’s worth.”
McGregor’s recent Octagon appearances have all reportedly done more than 1 million pay-per-view buys, but White would expect an even bigger number for a showdown in the Sweet Science with Mayweather.
“When you look at think like this you have to take an educated guess at the possible pay per view, but I would be disappointed if a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather match didn’t do over two million, 2.3 to 2.5 million, but the upside could be, who knows, maybe what Mayweather, Manny Paquiao did, ” he said.