Monday 22 January 2018

Dana White is open to a Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather super fight on one condition

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather
Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather

Mark Critchley

Dana White is open to the idea of Floyd Mayweather Jr. taking on Conor McGregor and has invited the retired boxer to contact him, provided that fight takes place in the UFC.

A bout between Mayweather and McGregor has been mooted last week, when The Sun suggested that the pair were ‘on the verge’ of agreeing to a lucrative fight in Las Vegas.

Both fighters have since expressed an interest in the proposal, with Mayweather admitting it is ‘possible’ and McGregor posted a mock-up fight poster on Twitter.

The speculation, however, has been widely rejected by others within the mixed martial arts community and even White, the UFC’s president, dismissed the ‘tabloid’ story last week.

White has now said that he would consider permitting the match-up if it were fought under his promotion company’s banner and has asked Mayweather to call him.

"[McGregor] is under contract with the UFC,” he told the Dan Patrick Show. “Listen, if Floyd wants to fight Conor, call me Floyd."

McGregor’s UFC contract contains an exclusivity clause which prevents him from competing in the events of other promotion companies, essentially ruling him out of any prospective boxing contest against Mayweather.

The Crumlin-bred featherweight nevertheless entertained the idea recently, but insisted that he would only agree to the fight if it was right for him.

“I'm open to discussions; come at me,” he said. “But I hold the key, and it's me who holds the key to the fight game.

“I am open-minded. I am open to discussion. I love competition. I love fighting. It would be nice to make that fight if the fans were interested and wanted to see it."

Legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach revealed on Wednesday that McGregor had requested coaching from him, telling "They did ask me if I'll train him. I said 'sure, bring him down.'

"I'd like to see [him], meet the guy and see what he has. He seems like a nice guy."

(© Independent News Service)

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