Saturday 22 July 2017

Watch: Dana White hints at how much McGregor is demanding in contract negotiations with Mayweather

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

UFC President Dana White is ready to argue that Conor McGregor should get a bigger percentage of the purse for his proposed fight against Floyd Mayweather than Manny Pacquiao received from his respective clash with the unbeaten boxing champion in 2015.

Mayweather’s eagerly anticipated showdown with Pacquiao was the most lucrative fight in boxing history, with 4.6m people purchasing pay-per-view deals to watch a fight that grossed an estimated $400m around the world.

Now White is hoping to produce a similar revenue stream from a McGregor v Mayweather fight later this year, with the UFC Lightweight champion confirming earlier this week that he has signed the contract for the fight to take place.

After their initial date of September 16th was scrapped in recent days, in light of Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin's bout being booked for that night, talks over a new date are now underway with White now set for talks with Mayweather and his promotion team, with his claim that McGregor should get an equal split of the purse likely to be the first stumbling block in negotiations.

After Pacquiao accepted a 40% cut of revenue from his fight with Mayweather, White looks set to demand a 50-50 split in talks next week.

“Who doesn’t think that Conor isn’t a global star,” White asked reporters. “I think Conor is bigger then Pacquiao when they (he and Mayweather) fought.

“If this fight goes off and if it does what everyone thinks it’s going to do, Conor’s going to make a lot of money.

“On Mayweather’s side, it’s about whether we can come to a deal or not to put on this event. Can we get a deal done? We will work out quite quickly when we sit down with Mayweather’s people.

“I don’t know what obstacles and hurdles we have to overcome once we start talking.”

White confirmed he expected McGregor to fight in the UFC later this year, whatever the outcome of the Mayweather negotiations and potential fight.

“This is all people want to talk about,” he added. “People can say it’s not a fight, but it’s all anyone wants to hear about and this is not the end for Conor.

“He says win, lose or draw after the Mayweather fight, he wants to fight again by the end of the year.”

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