Conor McGregor believes a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. is close to being a done deal despite a clear disagreement from UFC boss Dana White.
The two-weight MMA champion hopes to land a nine-figure paycheck opposite the former pound for pound king, potentially this September in Las Vegas, and took to social media to cause an internet storm with the following words:
“Join me in the preparation of my next fight being announced very soon!” McGregor stated on his Instagram account.
Despite the furore that followed, White was less than enthusiastic about the fight being near to completion and says a deal with Mayweather is not imminent.
“I think it’s progressing but it’s nowhere near being done,” White told TMZ Sports.
When asked when the fight could be done, he replied: “I don’t know, it’s not even close to being done, not even close.”
Securing the date in question will need movement regarding terms as a press tour will have to be arranged for May in order to allow for a long camp for both fighters.
McGregor hasn’t fought at all as a professional boxer, whilst Mayweather recently turned 40 and has been in retirement for nineteen months.
‘Money’ defeated Andre Berto in his last outing dating back to September 2015 and will have been out of action for a full two years once he eventually trades blows with the dangerous Irishman in the fall.