UFC president Dana White is working his way towards making the boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather a reality. That means getting the two fighters to agree on a split of the purse.
The final payouts would depend on how many pay-per-views are sold, but White has an idea regarding how much money both McGregor and Mayweather could make.
“It depends on how much the fight sells," White said on FS1’s “The Herd.” “If the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of $100 [million] and Conor makes $75 [million].
“[Mayweather] feels like he's the A side and he should get more of it. We really haven't got into that negotiation yet. I wanted to get McGregor locked in first because McGregor 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 Conor wants this thing really bad, and I've said this many times: The kid's stepped up and saved some big fights for me. I'm in. I'll figure it out.”
McGregor had initially asked for $100 million to leave the octagon and face Mayweather in a boxing ring, but $75 million would be far more than he’s ever earned for a night’s work. McGregor set a UFC record with $3 million guaranteed for UFC 202, though his final payout has not been disclosed.
In September, McGregor estimated that he would make roughly $40 million in 2016. If that figure turned out to be true, it would mean a fight against Mayweather could still earn him twice as much as he made for his last three fights combined.
Getting McGregor to agree to White’s offer might be a lot easier than receiving approval from Mayweather. The undefeated boxer has previously suggested that he deserves to make much more than his potential opponent in a super-fight.
“The Conor side -- we're good on the Conor side,” White said. “I need to figure out the Mayweather side, and maybe it can't be. Maybe the Mayweather side can't be done. We'll see. I promised Conor I'd do everything I could to make this fight happen, so that's what I'm going to do.”
Mayweather has stated that he needs $100 million guaranteed to come out of retirement and get back in the ring. After PPV revenue, that would put his final payday well beyond White’s proposal of “a little north of $100 million.”
Mayweather was guaranteed $100 million for his fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2, 2015. The bout set a record with 4.6 million buys, and Mayweather’s final payday eclipsed $200 million.
White has already raised his first unofficial offer to Mayweather by a significant amount. On an episode of “The Herd” in January, White offered $25 million to both Mayweather and McGregor. Mayweather quickly laughed off the proposal.
Both Mayweather and McGregor seem eager to face off in a boxing match. Last month, Mayweather suggested the fight could happen in June, but McGregor told the Los Angeles Times that the bout might happen in September.
Mayweather hasn’t fought since he defeated Andre Berto on Sept. 12, 2015, and McGregor’s last fight came on Nov. 12, 2016 when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez to become the UFC lightweight champion.