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Dana White: Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo is UFC's Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao

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Well they are both at the MGM Grand!

The so-called "Fight of the Century" goes down tomorrow night (Sat., May 2, 2015) live on pay-per-view (PPV) from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, when undefeated Boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally squares off against longtime rival Manny Pacquiao.

Among those expected to be in attendance tomorrow night in "Sin City" is Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White -- who will be credentialed media for Yahoo! Sports.

While many have played this monumental fight up to being potentially the biggest bout of all time, White disagreed with that assessment earlier this week.

But that's not all!

The UFC head honcho took it a step further when he compared the hotly anticipated UFC 189 main event between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor to Mayweather vs Pacquiao.

His words to MMA Fighting:

"The difference in MMA is that we always do the fights, the big fights that guys wanna see. Right now, our fight like that is Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo. You saw the reception with the world tour that we did. We did seven million dollars... You're talking about featherweight that did seven million dollars for gate, which will be the biggest gate that we've ever done in the United States."

"In North America was 11 million. Think about this: we did an $11 million gate in Toronto, with Georges St-Pierre, and 56,000 people. This one here has 16,000 people and a $7 million gate, so it's a pretty big fight."

Dana White, forever a combat sports promoter.

Sure McGregor expects to break UFC PPV records when he takes on the Brazilian kingpin at UFC 189, but the fight simply does not have near the intrigue for casual fight fans that have been waiting six years to see Mayweather and Pacquiao duke it out.

Sorry, Dana.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round coverage of "Mayweather vs. Pacquiao" on fight night, starting with the pay-per-view (PPV) broadcast at 9 p.m. ET RIGHT HERE.