Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor: UFC boss says he'll pay $25 million each for possible duel

Los Angeles: The possibility of a duel between boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor got another boost Friday as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) boss Dana White said he'd pay each $25 million to meet.

White, president of the popular UFC mixed martial arts brand in which Ireland's McGregor stars, seemed to indicate in his comments on a Fox radio broadcast that the two would meet in a boxing ring, not the UFC octagon.

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. AP/AFP

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. AP/AFP

In addition to $25 million apiece, White said, each fighter would get a cut of pay-per-view proceeds.

"If they're going to box, Floyd looks at this as an easy boxing match for him," White said. "Conor McGregor is his money fight. Tell you what, Floyd, here's a real offer... and I'm the guy who can make the offer... we'll pay you $25 million and Conor $25 million."

White scoffed at Mayweather's claim this week that he'd offered McGregor $15 million to climb into the ring with him.

Mayweather, who retired in 2015 with a perfect 49-0 record, told ESPN's First Take program that a McGregor bout was the only thing that could tempt him to end his exile from the ring.

Mayweather said he'd talked to McGregor's representatives.

"They know what my number is. My number is a guaranteed $100 million," he said, adding that he considered himself the "A-side" of the promotion.

"To think that you're the 'A' side ... how are you the 'A' side?" White said. "He's claiming he's made offers. He hasn't made offers to anybody. I just made a real offer. Conor McGregor will fight anybody, anywhere, anytime, and there is a line of guys he'll fight who'll do more than 1 million pay-per-view buys."

McGregor became the first man to simultaneously hold UFC titles in two weight divisions when he beat Eddie Alvarez in New York on 12 November.

At the end of November he was issued a boxing license in the state of California in a development that fueled speculation about a showdown between him and Mayweather.


Updated Date: Jan 14, 2017 13:50 PM

Also Watch

Watch: The true stories from Dharavi that inspired Rajinikanth's Kaala
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 Watch: Cyrus Khan talks about Parkour, jumping across walls and why he hates sitting
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 Unwind: India's basketball sensation Amjyot Singh has his eyes set on becoming an NBA regular
  • Monday, May 28, 2018 First Day First Showsha — Review of Solo: A Star Wars Story in 10 questions
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 Social Media Star: Rajkummar Rao and Bhuvan Bam open up about selfie culture, online trolls

Also See