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Bob Arum: Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather fight is 'absolute nonsense' - 'Dana White is playing a game'

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Long-time boxing promoter Bob Arum (and I’m sure he's not alone) is tired of hearing about a potential boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion, Conor McGregor. That’s because the bout makes absolutely no sense in an arena, whether inside a boxing ring or mixed martial arts (MMA) cage. Furthermore, Arum says if "Notorious" does want to test his skills in a boxing ring, he wouldn’t fare too well ... not even against a novice.

"Well I think that ... Let me tell you something: Conor McGregor is not a boxer, so if they box under boxing rules with the regular gloves and so forth, a novice will beat him," Arum told TMZ Sports (via Bloody Elbow.) "Because he has no experience as a boxer. On the other hand, if they did the cage thing, Floyd wouldn't have a chance. So, it's just talk and it's absolute nonsense for these guys to fight each other."

UFC president Dana White recently put more logs on the fire, offering both combatants $25 million a piece plus pay-per-view (PPV) points for the fight. It was an offer "Money" laughed at, of course. As Arum sees it, all White is doing is trying to flex his muscle because he knows he has the power to make the fight happen or squash it for good.

"He's playing a game because Floyd is calling McGregor out," he said. "And the point is, McGregor has a contract with UFC. So no fight -- even if McGregor wanted it -- could be done without UFC. So, this is Dana White's way of establishing that point."

As for White’s "real offer," Arum says Mayweather hasn’t competed for less than $30 million in a boxing fight, and he can make that -- and more -- fighting anybody else not named McGregor.

"Floyd can fight a lot of fights with a lot of fighters for more than $25 million," Arum said. "And when he had the contract with Showtime, he made over $30 million a fight."