Thursday 25 May 2017

'UFC want to take 80% of Conor's purse' - Purse split the major hold up in potential McGregor-Mayweather fight

UFC President Dana White looks on as Conor McGregor answers questions from the media at the UFC 202 press conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
UFC President Dana White looks on as Conor McGregor answers questions from the media at the UFC 202 press conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Jack O'Toole

Jeff Mayweather, the uncle of undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., has said that the UFC and its President Dana White are looking for 80% of Conor McGregor's purse before they agree to allow the Dubliner to fight Mayweather.

McGregor currently has four fights left on his contract with the UFC, and White, who once said the fight would never happen, is more buoyant than ever on the possibility of the two fighting but did insist that the UFC would have to be involved in promoting the bout if they were to allow McGregor to fight.

The UFC Lightweight champion is currently on a hiatus from MMA, as he prepares for the birth of his first child next month, but he has repeatedly stated his desire to fight Mayweather in his next fight, with the two fighters looking at a Las Vegas bout this summer as a tentative timeline for the fight.

McGregor and Mayweather have been reportedly negotiating the details of the fight contract for the last few months, but have yet to agree to terms, with Mayweather's uncle Jeff indicating that the UFC's desired take from the fight has been the major sticking point in negotiations.

“80-20 percent,” Mayweather told Helen Yee of Eyes on the Game in relation to the purported split between McGregor and the UFC. “(Conor) would have to take 20 percent, if he’s allowed to fight. And the one thing is that Dana’s his boss. He’ll still make more money than he ever did, but at the same time, that’s very tough pill to swallow.

“If somebody tells you ‘I’m gonna take 80 percent of your money, and you’re the one that’s fighting for it, that’s still a tough pill to swallow. Even if you made more money than you ever did. But, it is what it is.”

“That (purse split) is the major issue,” Mayweather said. “And if he (McGregor) signed the contract, fight will be made.”

“Floyd has no problem signing the contract. It’s up to Conor.”

ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto said on Sportscenter earlier this week that White intends to meet with McGregor after the birth of his child to discuss terms and conditions for his planned fight with Mayweather.

"Well, I was talking to Dana White in Las Vegas before heading out to Buffalo for UFC 210," Okamoto told ESPN. "What he told me is that Conor McGregor, he's going to have that baby in May, right? We've known that for a long time."

"After the birth of his child, Dana White would like to meet with McGregor in New York. He says that's right in between where they both are- Dana White lives in Las Vegas, obviously, Conor McGregor lives in Dublin, Ireland.

"They'll meet in the middle in New York, hammer out some of the finer details of how exactly to make this fight a reality."

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