It was odd to see Dana White show up on TNT’s post-game coverage of Cavaliers-Celtics Game 1 on Wednesday night. The UFC president obviously had something to say.
Indeed, White revealed one-half of the deal that would get Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather in the ring together is done. McGregor, White confirmed, has agreed to terms of a contract.
“The McGregor side is done,” White told TNT’s NBA studio team, via CNN.com. “I’m starting to work on the Mayweather side now.”
White, though, hedged.
“I’m not saying the fight will happen but I got one side done,” he said. “… If we can come to a deal with Al Haymon (Mayweather’s adviser) and Mayweather, the fight’s gonna happen.”
In a statement to themaclife.com, McGregor said, “It is an honor to sign this record-breaking deal. … The first, and most important, part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on.”
We can say with 100 percent certainty Mayweather does not agree with McGregor’s assertion that the “most important” part of the deal has been signed.
Mayweather considers himself the “A” side of the potential boxing match and McGregor the “B” side, according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who spoke with the undefeated pugilist about the negotiations.
“Dana White can say it’s official, he’s ready to go, but for me, talking to Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, it’s not so simple,” Smith reported. “… Whatever conditions they’ve agreed to, it’s not official until (Mayweather and his rep agree.”
Mayweather is insisting, Smith reiterated, on at least a $100 million payday, and he believes he may be able to make as much as $200 million.
Despite Mayweather’s posturing, it sure seems like this fight will be made. McGregor has signed on, and Mayweather wants it to happen.
But – and we’ve said this here before – any expectations of this being a fun fight to watch should be tempered. The bout itself won’t match the build-up. It will be a typical Mayweather snoozefest.
We don’t give McGregor much of a chance, even if odds on him winning are tightening. Mayweather may catch him with a knockout punch, but far more likely is Mayweather-by-decision, the result by which Mayweather has won his last seven fights.
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