Amidst the frenzy surrounding a potential boxing superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, the UFC’s prized star has remained peculiarly quiet.
Mayweather and UFC president Dana White, though, have had plenty to say.
‘Money’ offered McGregor $15 million for a boxing fight on Wednesday, while White offered Mayweather and McGregor $25 million each, plus a PPV cut, for a boxing match under the UFC banner.
The undefeated Mayweather shut down White’s offer on Friday, referring to the head promoter as ‘a fu**ing comedian’ for suggesting a $25 million payday. His advisor, Leonard Ellerbe, also said that the UFC ‘can’t offer Floyd Mayweather sh*t’.
“That’s one of the silliest things I’ve heard in some time,” Ellerbe told Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole yesterday. “Floyd is the biggest star in anything combat sports. Dana White or anybody else can’t offer Floyd Mayweather [expletive].”
White, who has been the face of the UFC for 16 years, ignored Mayweather’s rebuttal and, instead, focused on the potential pay-per-view success.
“We like making fights people are interested in,” White said, per Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel. “We like putting on entertaining events. As long as people who buy the tickets or the pay-per-views are happy.”
The 47-year-old said that from a technical standpoint, the fight doesn’t make much sense, but admitted that it would generate a lot of excitement.
“Do I think Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is the best fight you’ve ever seen?” White said. “Not really. But it would be exciting.”
MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported that the boxing megafight is no longer a ‘pipe dream’, with both parties seemingly interested in negotiations.
Bloody Elbow will keep you updated on all of the latest developments.