UFC-McGregor could agree to bout with Mayweather by Sunday…but Mayweather has to accept

May 13, 2017

The New York Times reports that Conor McGregor could agree to a deal with the UFC to fight Floyd Mayweather by Sunday.  Of course, that just leaves out one big party to the fight to agree to the deal…Floyd Mayweather.

Dana White set an artificial deadline of Sunday to come to terms with McGregor to do a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.  Notably, Mayweather has not named his price for the fight.  Moreover, even if a deal is struck with McGregor, White must broker a deal with Mayweather.

One of the bigger hurdles that White and the UFC must come to terms with is that the PPV will most likely go through Showtime.  You might recall that White has had his issues with Showtime in the past.  But, this is a big money fight so you can see White, and the new owners, overlooking this past beef.

Yet, Mayweather will undoubtedly look for “A” side money leaving less of a pie for McGregor and the UFC to split.

Payout Perspective:

Even if a deal is struck with McGregor, is this really news until Mayweather agrees to the terms?  White coming out last week to say that GGG-Canelo took their date of September 16th seems puffery than truth.  Why?  There’s no deal in place.  So, by stating that a date was taken (and by the way, fighting Mexican Independence Weekend is not unique) is mere ploy to negotiate through the media.  White is pressing McGregor and Mayweather to a fight despite the fact no one has anything on the table yet.  So, while the UFC may announce McGregor accepting terms to a deal with Mayweather post-fight UFC 211, we should not celebrate until we hear Mayweather say it’s a final deal.

12 Responses to “UFC-McGregor could agree to bout with Mayweather by Sunday…but Mayweather has to accept”

  1. d on May 13th, 2017 3:57 PM

    I don’t see this deal ever getting done. The UFC is not going to give up A side status and I doubt Mayweather does. Floyd and Conor want the fight, but the UFC doesn’t. I could see the UFC demanding the majority of the split and if Floyd doesn’t cave, they’ll just walk.

    If Mayweather-McGregor want that date, even if the Canelo fight is signed, they get that date. It’s not even close in terms of money between the two fights.

  2. Fight Fan on May 13th, 2017 5:52 PM

    They just won’t let this circus go away. Fight won’t happen, sanctioning body won’t accept it.

  3. d on May 13th, 2017 6:33 PM

    Haha. The sanctioning bodies are corrupt and they won’t be any issue. The sides just won’t come to an agreement.

  4. Caramel City on May 13th, 2017 10:33 PM

    Floyd’s the A side, everyone knows that. Thats not the issue.
    The issue is that the UFC knows that Floyd could go out there and just absolutely maul Conor and take him out in seconds.
    He can prolong it to a 1min bashing if he wants.
    Whatever Floyd wants to do will happen.

    Most casuals are idiots. They would take that as boxing being the better sport (which it is), and it would hurt the UFC brand.

    Also factor in the money that Conor would make and, say goodbye to him.

    The UFC gets nothing from this.

    By the way boxing fans don’t care about this.
    Mayweather-McGregor would suffer badly for competing against Canelo-GGG

  5. Wil on May 14th, 2017 3:38 PM

    Fight Fan, it doesnt need a sanctioning body…the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO dont factor into it since neither man holds a title in boxing. But I am sure if they really wanted it some little rinky dink corrupt money hungry sanctioning body will float a belt for it…something like the IBO, the WBF, the WBU or somthing jive time like that. And boxing is changing bro, gone are the days when talented fighters needed 30-40 fights to get to a big money or title shot, Lomachenko proved that if you have the talent, you can get there earlier. There are several Thai and Japanese fighters with backgrounds in Muay Thai boxing and Kickboxing etc who have gotten to title fights in less than 10 pro boxing matches. In my opinion if you have 20-100 pro fights in another discipline, you should be able to get to the best faster. McGregor is clearly one of the best boxers ever in MMA, and say what you will about the boxing skills of the average UFC fighter, you have to give him that. He has some skills, he can swat, if he was a Damien Maia type grappler no one would be interested…but since he knocks guys out, we are.

  6. Fight Fan on May 14th, 2017 4:20 PM

    Good point wil, what I meant was the Nevada athletic commission allowing this circus fight to occur. Which as of now isn’t happening.

  7. d on May 14th, 2017 5:34 PM

    The NAC will absolutely allow this to go down if the sides agree on a fight. That won’t be an issue- there is far too much money to block it.

  8. Caramel City on May 16th, 2017 9:55 AM

    This means nothing.
    Floyd dictates what goes on. He’s the A side and if he doesn’t get the majority then their will be no fight.
    The UFC is not the A side at all.
    This is boxing and they have zero ppvs sold in the sport.

  9. Joey Vagas on May 16th, 2017 5:27 PM

    Macgregor should have to actually beat a boxer first before getting a shot at the champ. Make a match against a reputable boxer one month before this supposed Mega fight and a man advances to fight Floyd. Who knows Floyd might fall asleep at the steering wheel waiting to fight a nobody. Maybe Floyd doesn’t come to the mega fight inshape like Creed did against Rocky. It’s perfect for PBC. Big ratings.

  10. d on May 17th, 2017 6:19 AM

    Caramel City, not in this case. He’s clearly the B. And if the UFC doesn’t get the majority of the money there will be no fight. Doesn’t matter who has ppvs in what sport, it matters who is going to be the bigger draw – and McGregor’s proven he’s the bigger draw.

    Also, something you don’t understand, Floyd wants the fight, Conor wants the fight, but the UFC DOES NOT want the fight. They are allowing this fight to go on, provided they get heavily compensated for it. It makes zero business sense for them to even get involved in this. If the UFC doesn’t get what they want, they just shut the fight down and are more than happy to go back to promoting McGregor fights in mma and Mayweather loses out on a 100m+ pay day against a low risk opponent.

    This is why I don’t believe the fight will go down- Mayweather won’t accept the reality for what it is.

  11. d on May 17th, 2017 6:22 AM

    Joey, McGregor would lose to any top ranked boxer in boxing so there would be no point to that. Also, Mayweather will never box anyone ever again professionally other than possibly Conor McGregor. If this fight doesn’t get signed, he goes back to retirement. It’s a fact.

    PBC? They’ll probably have closed shop before the fight gets scheduled. Haha.

  12. d on May 18th, 2017 8:19 AM

    According to White, McGregor and the UFC have agreed to terms.

    I still don’t see them getting this done with Mayweather though.

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