White believes McGregor vs. Mayweather will happen
Published: 16.03.2017 • 10:35
For months, UFC President Dana White shot down the idea that lightweight champion Conor McGregor would ever face Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match, according to FoxSports. IT appears White has changed his mind.
“I do. I do think it’s going to happen,” White said. “I think it’s going to be a tough deal, there’s obviously a lot of egos involved in this deal and a lot of people so that always makes it tougher.“
“On the flipside, there’s so much money involved, I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen.”
Mayweather and McGregor have been bantering back and forth for month through interviews and social media while negotiations have been ongoing to put the fight together.
While June seems unrealistic, sources have indicated that a September showdown between McGregor and Mayweather is much more likely if the two sides can come to a financial agreement to make the matchup official.
Still, White says that McGregor has some advantages that he could use against Mayweather that could push the fight in his favor.
“It would be boxing. No kicking, no elbows, just straight-up boxing, in a boxing ring with gloves and the whole deal. A lot of things make this fight intriguing but the reality is this — anybody who has ever seen Floyd Mayweather, he’s this big (motioning at his small size). Conor McGregor is huge,” White said.
“He’s 27 years old, he’s in the prime of his career. Floyd is 40. Floyd always had problems with southpaws, Conor is a southpaw and Conor hits hard. When Conor hits people, they go. Floyd’s definitely not knocking him out, that’s for sure. I’m not saying that Conor would win this boxing match but it sure makes it interesting.”
White also said that the fight would only happen under boxing rules because as much as McGregor might be an underdog to Mayweather in the ring, a mixed martial arts contest would be an absolute mismatch that wouldn’t last a full minute.
“If this was a mixed martial arts fight, it wouldn’t last 30 seconds,” White said. “Conor would destroy him.”