ByKel Dansby, writer at Creators.co
Kel Dansby

The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor saga has taken yet another turn. The two athletes have gone back-and-forth on social media for nearly two years and for the first time it seems as though they have a real chance at negotiating their big money matchup.

This time, UFC President Dana White spoke optimistically about his negotiations with McGregor and was hoping that he'd soon be able to hash things out with Mayweather's camp.

“I think we get the McGregor side in the next couple of days,” said White on Colin Cowherd's "The Herd" television show. “And then I go lock myself in a room for a couple days with Team Mayweather and see what we can come out with.”

That's the most direct Dana White has been about making the Mayweather-McGregor fight. White even went as far as saying that the UFC will not have anything to do with the fight night production of the event.

“This isn’t going to be UFC,” White said. “It’s going to be a boxing match. It’s not going to have anything to do with the UFC. My brand, the closest thing my brand will be to this is obviously I’ll be a part of the promotion for the fight, and Conor’s my guy. That’s it."

As far as the numbers, Dana White has backed away from his original proposed $25 million offer, and offered a more realistic $100 million for Mayweather.

“It depends on how much the fight sells,” White said. “And if the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of $100 (million) and Conor makes $75 (million).

“He (Mayweather) feels like he’s the A-side and he should get more of it. We haven’t really gotten into that negotiation yet. I wanted to get McGregor locked in first, because McGregor is under contract with me. And 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 it many times, the kid’s stepped up and saved some big fights for me, man, so I’m in. I’ll figure it out."

The Mayweather vs. McGregor fight has the chance of being almost as big, if not bigger, than the Mayweather-Pacquiao event. That means there's a lot of money going around and Floyd is well aware of his worth. Mayweather is set on pocketing at least $100 million, but is that fair market price?

Mayweather's recent fight purses speak louder than speculation.

Mayweather vs. Berto (est. 500k PPV Buys)

  • Mayweather's earnings: $32 million
  • Opponent's earnings: $4 million

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao (4.6 Million PPV Buys)

  • Mayweather's earnings: $180 million
  • Opponent's earnings: $120 million

Mayweather vs. Maidana II (925k PPV Buys)

  • Mayweather's earnings: $32 million
  • Opponent's earnings: $5 million

Mayweather vs. Maidana (900k PPV Buys)

  • Mayweather's earnings: $32 million
  • Opponent's earnings: $1.5 million

Mayweather vs. Canelo (2.2 Million PPV Buys)

  • Mayweather's earnings: $41.5 million
  • Opponent's earnings: $5 million

These numbers reflect the guaranteed fight purses, not the total sum of PPV money, and Floyd Mayweather still reflects favorably.

Mayweather would like for Dana White to focus on the Pacquiao figure, but the reality is that Mayweather is a perennial $30-$40 million boxer outside of that outlier. That is why White's offer of doubling his average fight guaranteed salary is a fair one for the UFC President.


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