Well, it would be hard not to have seen this coming.
As you might've heard, the negotiations between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have not been going smoothly. To say they are moving at a "snail-like pace" would be an insult to both snails and the word "pace", which at least implies forward movement.
Only adding further confusion to things has been the perpetually shifting optimism of Dana White regarding whether or not the fight will actually happen -- one day, he's telling Conan O'Brien that it 100% will and don't you dare think that it wont, and the next, he's blaming Canelo-GGG for stealing the date of the would-be fight and saying that all hope is lost.
During yesterday's edition of The Herd, however, the UFC President made the revelation that MMA and boxing fans alike have been expecting for sometime: that he may be close to moving on from the fight entirely.
"It’s not getting close at all." said White. "I knew that this thing was gonna be a nightmare to get done, if it can even be done. We’ll find out. Obviously, both guys want to fight each other, but what’s the deal? Can the deal be done? That’s the question."
While White was quick to shift the blame away from Mayweather's camp ("It's both sides"), he did admit to being in unfamiliar territory in the negotiation process.
“Listen, if it doesn’t work for me personally - either way, it doesn’t matter to me. I know that these two guys want to fight. I’ve said many times I respect Conor and I’d like to do this fight for him, but it’s got to be the right deal. We have to get the right deal done or it’s not going to happen, because at the end of the day, this isn’t what I do, the UFC is what I do, and I should be focusing on that, and not a boxing match that - obviously, a lot of people want to see it, there’s a lot of interest in it, but it’s not really what I do.”
So there you have it, ladies and gents. It's probably best that we all start lowering our already low expectations now and wondering what could've been...