When the reports came out today that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather had finally reached a deal to box each other after a dragged out back and forth, the usual questions arose:
- Is this real?
- How could everyone get what they want?
- Reports are just reports. Where's the evidence that they've even been negotiating?
Now, it turns out Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Anthony Marnell has the inside scoop and had the following to say to ESPN:
"There is a lot of real stuff going on," Marnell said Tuesday. "It still seems like a long shot, but when there is a lot of money involved, people tend to figure it out. There are a lot of cooks in the kitchen, but I'm not sure if we're going to eat.
"The Nevada Athletic Commission, in my experience, has always been well-briefed by all parties on an event or potential event that may take place in Las Vegas. We are aware of conversations and information that has been disclosed and not disclosed in the media. Whether these conversations will get to a point that a fight happens, I can't tell you."
It's a matter of money, and all parties are going to want a huge slice
"Maybe it will get figured out, but it's going to be hard when everyone is declaring they want $100 million. That's not what I said -- that's what they've said. That's their quotes, not mine. If everyone wants $100 million, that's a lot of $100 millions to go around."
This has been touted as a billion-dollar fight by both Mayweather and McGregor. We know that the new UFC owners, WME-IMG are looking to make the biggest events possible (See: interim fights galore), so it's entirely within the realm of possibility that they make this happen as a co-promotion with the Money Team. Yes, there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen, but there are bills to pay so why shouldn't the heartiest meal ever made not be baked up in a gold-plated oven?
If They sell a massive PPV for say, $100, Floyd gets his $35 million plus PPV points, McGregor gets his $15-25 million and PPV points, there is still plenty of cash to go around to WME-IMG. I personally don't think Dana White is in a position to say, "no" anymore.