There’s been a fundamental shift toward a potential Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight, as UFC president Dana White – the biggest obstacle to the fight being made – says he now believes it is going to happen.
Ever since talk around a mega-bout between the boxing and MMA superstars began, White has insisted it was a near impossibility. McGregor is under contract with him and any negotiations about a fight with Mayweather had to go through White, White said.
But during an appearance on “Conan” on Wednesday night, White did a 180.
“I do. I do think it’s going to happen,” White told Conan. “I think it’s going to be a tough deal, there’s obviously a lot of egos involved in this deal and a lot of people so that always makes it tougher.
“On the flipside, there’s so much money involved, I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen.”
Mayweather recently said he was officially unretired for the specific purpose of fighting McGregor and floated June as a potential date for the event. A date that soon seems unrealistic, though, since McGregor is on hiatus awaiting the birth of his first child in late April or early May. That would not leave him much time to prepare, as Fox Sports points out.
But White’s about-face is certainly a sign that we’ll get to see Mayweather vs. McGregor at some point
White will surely get his piece of the huge financial pie but acknowledged on “Conan” that the fight will be conducted under boxing rules. Still, he gives McGregor a chance.
“A lot of things make this fight intriguing but the reality is this — anybody who has ever seen Floyd Mayweather, he’s this big. Conor McGregor is huge,” White said.
“He’s 27 years old, he’s in the prime of his career. Floyd is 40. Floyd always had problems with southpaws, Conor is a southpaw and Conor hits hard. When Conor hits people, they go. Floyd’s definitely not knocking him out, that’s for sure. I’m not saying that Conor would win this boxing match but it sure makes it interesting.”
We’re not so sure how “interesting” the fight will be when all is said and done. It’s going to be a typical boring Mayweather fight. He’ll stay away from McGregor, like he does with all his opponents, and won’t get hit much. Mayweather may catch him late and knock him out, but our early prediction is Mayweather by unanimous decision and lots of pissed off people for paying $79.99 to watch a less-than-thrilling affair.