MMA News: UFC chief Dana White says Mayweather-McGregor fight will never happen
Like most of us, Dana White didn't think there was ever any sort of realistic chance of Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and Conor ‘The Notorious’ Mcgregor fighting one another. Back in May, he said there was "no way in hell" that the potential fight would happen.
But since then, Mayweather and McGregor have continued to talk about the possibility of the fight taking place, so on Monday, White answered another round of questions about the rumoured fight while speaking with TMZ Sports.
Once again, he did his best to kill the rumours surrounding the fight by pointing out why it wouldn't work. UFC President Dana White was never under the impression that retired former five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26KOs) would actually face UFC featherweight champion, Conor McGregor.
Mayweather, 39-years-old, retired from boxing almost a year ago but was recently considering a bout with McGregor. The two fighters were going back and forth through social media for weeks, but then everything seemed to die down.
However - last month McGregor once said he was interested in fighting Mayweather, as long as Floyd could come up with the appropriate funds for the crossover fight . Mcgregor was quoted, "Right now, I have Floyd running around the Showtime's offices gathering my money, begging those executives to come up with the $100 million cash he needs to fight me. That's what he's doing. As soon as he gets my money, we can fight."
During a press conference in New York City to announce UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden, where Conor faces Eddie Alvarez on November 12th, McGregor once again called for a fight with Mayweather. McGregor, 28, is under contract with the UFC, and any potential fight against Mayweather (or anyone else) would have had to involve a co-promotion or the UFC's blessing.
According to Mayweather, he tried to make the fight but it never got going in the negotiations department.
“What people don’t know is that in my company [Mayweather Promotions], I’m the boss,” Mayweather said to TMZ Sports. “I call the shots. I think the fight is very difficult to make. I mean, I tried to make the fight before and it didn’t happen. But you live and learn.”
White agrees - because he claims "nobody" from Mayweather's team ever contacted the UFC to discuss any aspect of the fight - including the rules. However, his thoughts on the entire fight are overwhelming.
"I never thought it was going to happen. No [I never did].
Two totally different sports. [Mayweather and McGregor] seem to want the money, probably. But I don't know how bad they actually want to make that a reality. Listen, Conor's under contract with me. We can start with kicks, punches, and elbows [as the fight rules].
That's right. Kicks, punches, and elbows. He doesn't have to learn to do anything, but he's going to get kicked and elbowed," White told TMZ Sports. So looks like the fight isn’t going down after all. Sorry, lads.
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