A deal is a deal, right? Not quite. Despite Conor McGregor recently coming to terms with UFC on a deal to fight boxer Floyd Mayweather, one side still has to iron out the wrinkles. According to UFC president Dana White, early negotiations with Team Mayweather will reveal the superfight’s true likelihood.
“The slate is clear on our side to do whatever,” White told reporters yesterday (Fri., May 19, 2017) at UFC headquarters (transcription courtesy of MMA Junkie). “I don’t know what obstacles or hurdles they have to jump over.”
White added, “When you get in and you start negotiating, and you start hearing the things that are on their side, you’ll know real quick whether we can get a deal done.”
While McGregor, White, and UFC are ready and willing to move forward, not one of them really know if Mayweather is going to sign and make every fight fan’s dream a reality. Still, the allure of the impending clash of combat stars is something that is turning super in its own right.
“You can say it’s not a fight or whatever, but it’s all anybody wants to talk about,” White said. “Everywhere I go, everything I do, that’s all they want to talk about. … People can say it’s ridiculous, it’s not a fight, it should never happen, it’s lopsided, it will be this and that. It is all anybody ever wants to talk about.”
Considering Mayweather has been known to take his time when negotiating a superfight, UFC and company may have to wait an uncomfortable amount of time to work out the specifics, while McGregor continues to man the sidelines. But if the end result is a ginormous payday for all parties involved, the stagnant table talks will be totally worth it.