Negotiations for the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing superfight are slowly moving forward. No one knows how much the various parties have talked to each other or what they've come to agreement on (if anything), but on Saturday night UFC president Dana White revealed the original target date for the fight: Sept. 16, 2017. Unfortunately, it was in the context of losing said date to another massive boxing bout between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin.
"The reason they got my date is because I couldn't get the deal done on time," he said on a new episode of “The Herd.” "They got the date. Listen, the fights move on, we don't wait for anybody. If the fights are gonna keep rolling, I didn't get the deal done fast enough so I lose the date. That's how it works."
But, White denied that he was close to closing on Mayweather vs. McGregor.
"No, no, I'm not hinting that it's getting close at all," he said with a laugh. "I knew that this thing was going to be a nightmare to get done ... if it can even be done. So yeah, we'll find out. Obviously, both guys want to fight each other. But, what's the deal? Can the deal be done? That's the question.”
"It's not even Mayweather. It's definitely both sides of this thing. Both sides are gonna be hard to get done. And absolutely, there's going to be a point where I'm done. This isn't what I do, this isn't my business, and I'm definitely going to walk away."
So there you have it: Dana White somehow managed to make the fight sound inevitable and impossible all in one interview. But, with the Canelo vs. GGG fight already looking like one of the biggest boxing matches in years, we expect a date for Mayweather vs. McGregor isn’t going to be anywhere near the original target date.