White talks expected Mayweather v McGregor purses, admits ‘fight doesn’t make a ton of sense’
Conor McGregor may fall short of the nine-figure sum he expected to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. but will walk away with a hefty paycheck once the dusted settles.
‘The Notorious’ had stipulated he wanted $100 million to swap the octagon for the squared circle this year, although his boss at UFC, Dana White believes the final amount will be more likely to be eight-figures.
White, whilst appearing on ‘The Herd with Colin Cowherd’, also pointed out the fight is not ideal for McGregor (career-wise), but when asked about the money side, the push to make it happen became clearer.
‘What is your projection on total purse for this, all said and done?’ said Cowherd, to which White replied: “It depends on how much the fight sells. If the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of 100 (million) and Conor makes 75.”
Agreeing with Mayweather’s notion that ‘he’s the ‘A’ side and he should get more’ White stated they, ‘haven’t really got into that negotiation yet,’ because “I wanted to get McGregor locked in first because he’s is under contract with me.”
“At the end of the day, does this fight make a ton of sense for me? It really doesn’t, but you know, Conor wants this thing really bad, and I’ve said it many times, this kid has stepped up and saved some big fights for me, man. So I’m in, I’ll figure it out.”
Boxing fans seems to split down the middle as to whether the fight is a sideshow or a main event, although the proof will ultimately be in the pudding once the final Pay-Per-View figures are crunched.
McGregor’s recent sales are impressive and have broken PPV records in UFC, whilst Mayweather’s last fight with Andre Berto in September 2015 was largely a disappointment.
Pitting together to two biggest names of separate codes will obviously sell due to the novelty alone, with buys in the region of 1.5 to 2.5 million (plus) initially projected for Mayweather v McGregor from the outset.