Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather: UFC star DENIES $75M purse claim

Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather: UFC star DENIES $75M purse claim

"It depends on how much the fight sells", White said.

White went on to estimate that "if it sells as well as I think it can", then the fight could earn McGregor $75 million and Mayweather a little over $100 million.

"The Conor side - we're good on the Conor side".

So, the Mayweather side of the deal is still a work in progress, but one thing White was more certain of is the fact that from a branding perspective the UFC will be distancing themselves from the mega-fight if it does go through.

The American businessman went on to explain why Floyd Mayweather would get paid more than Conor, "He (Mayweather) feels like he's the A-side and he should get more of it. We really haven't got into that negotiation yet", he said. "I wanted to get McGregor locked in first because McGregor is under contract with me", the UFC president said.

McGregor, who is preparing for the birth of his first child, has yet to apply for a boxing license in the state of Nevada, something he needs to make 'The Billion Dollar Fight' happen.

"I need to figure out the Mayweather side, and maybe it can't be", White said.

Mayweather has repeatedly insisted he will pocket significantly more than McGregor, but White thinks in the end the two stars' purses will not be that far apart.

"It's not going to be the UFC - it's going to be a boxing match", White confirmed.

Colin Cowherd brought up the fight purse which is what the focus is falling on, and White estimated the eye-watering amount each fighter could receive, and admitted that even though the fight doesn't make sense to him, he's only doing it because McGregor wants it badly and the Irishman has saved some big fights for the UFC. Last month, Mayweather suggested the fight could happen in June, but McGregor told the Los Angeles Times that the bout might happen in September. But if the fight sells as well as he believes, he says there will be a lot of money for all parties involved.

McGregor, the UFC's reigning lightweight champion, has accepted changes of opponent at late notice on several occasions, when a refusal to compete would have cost the organisation substantial pay-per-view income.

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