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UFC president Dana White has never been the most enthusiast proponent of a potential Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match, but he is a savvy businessman and has never closed the door on the idea. With UFC 210 coming up this Saturday in Buffalo, NY, White was on the media circuit promoting the upcoming fights. These conversations inevitably make their way back to the potential McGregor-Mayweather fight, and White was very open about his willingness to make the fight happen and about his respect for McGregor as a fighter.

White spoke of how McGregor has stepped up in the past for the UFC and, even though he fully admits that the fight having a boxing format doesn’t make business sense for the UFC, he says that he will assist McGregor in any way he can to make it happen:

“I am [working on it]. The money that’s involved in this thing — listen, does it make a bunch of sense for my business? No. But Conor has been a guy who has stepped up in times of need here, in big fights when an opponent fell out, so I want to do this for Conor. I want him to be able to make this kind of money.

 

White’s comments come a day after the report that McGregor has now focused his training completely over to boxing, according to his coach and longtime friend John Kavanagh. While there is still nothing official about a fight being scheduled, it appears the important parties in this negotiation have confidence that a fight will now take place in 2017. White said as much on the Chris Mannix show, stating that he believes the fight will take place later this year and that negotiations will begin after McGregor’s girlfriend delivers the baby boy they are expecting later this month.

It can be inferred from White’s comments today that his openness towards this fight started to shift when he saw the amount of attention and intrigue such a fight would create and how much money McGregor could make off this likely one-time opportunity.

“It’s a fight that people do want to see,” White said. “It’s intriguing and obviously it’s a fight that Conor wants because financially it’s going to be massive for him. McGregor, he’s a guy that I have a lot of respect for.”

While Floyd Mayweather has proven to be ageless in the ring, the undefeated (49-0) fighter turned 40 last month and one can only wonder how many more years he will entertain these types of fights. McGregor won’t even turn 29 until July of this year so Mayweather will come into the ring almost 11 and half years older than his UFC counterpart.

Of course, the biggest driving force for making this fight happen is the financial windfall it will provide for the many interested parties. Mayweather has earned over $700 million in the ring throughout his boxing career, but this potential fight is estimated to make $100 million for Mayweather alone. A prior sticking point has been the compensation for McGregor, who was previously offered $15 million by the Mayweather camp but was not enthused by the offer.

Previous reports have stated that the fight was “almost done”, with a mid-September date in Las Vegas, but nothing official has been announced to date. Given the way the core participants are speaking about the potential for the fight, it appears that resolution should be reached, one way or another in the coming weeks. original article collected form Forbes

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor have cleared all of the obstacles standing in the way of a fight, according to one report.

MSN report a News Barry Moran of The Sun wrote over the weekend that Mayweather and McGregor are set to announce their fight in a matter of days. The two sides have reportedly agreed to a date and venue after negotiating for months. Morgan goes on to note that McGregor’s contract with the UFC was standing in the way of a deal, but UFC president Dana White is willing to let McGregor fight Mayweather while the Irishman is still under contract.

Here’s more:

An announcement would also mean any issues with the Nevada Athletic Commission had been resolved.

A source revealed: “Both sides have agreed a fee, date and venue. It’s all ready to be announced early next week.”

After initially describing it as “the stupidest move he has ever made”, White conceded there was too much money at stake for it not to happen.

The Sun reported over a month ago that McGregor and Mayweather had come to a financial agreement, which was a bit surprising given the outlandish demands McGregor was making at one point. However, it was noteworthy that White recently said he believes the fight is going to happen. If McGregor and Mayweather worked out all the details, White’s signature would be the last one they need. For Info of Mayweather vs Mcgregor Tickets

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Bloodyelbow Report a news Could Conor McGregor take a massive payday from a fight with Floyd Mayweather and retire? His coach doesn’t think so.

A boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather has not been agreed to as of yet. But if it does get completed and the two men step into the ring together, McGregor is likely to become a very rich man. The UFC lightweight champion is probably never going to collect a pay check that large ever again, so getting out of the hurt business before the age of thirty with a vault full of cash has to be an option for the Irishman, right?

Wrong, according to his coach John Kavanagh.

When speaking to the Irish Mirror about the prospects of Conor walking away, Kavanagh was fairly emphatic about the fact that McGregor was still a young man with a lot left in him:

“Like any sport there’s a sell-by date. But Conor is 28, he’s a baby in the sport. I look at Bernard Hopkins who’s 50, winning world title fights, so Conor isn’t going anywhere soon.”

But there is one thing could maybe lead to an extended absence:

“Who knows maybe he’ll go to Hollywood and become the next Schwarzenegger.”

The interview covers a lot more, including how McGregor rebounds from a loss now as compared to back in the day, Kavangh’s philosophy on training, and who might be the “next Conor McGregor.” But it’s safe to say that McGregor’s going to stick around combat sports for a while.

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Recently MMAJunkie published an article UFC President Dana White recently revealed he believes boxing great Floyd Mayweather and UFC champ Conor McGregor will, indeed, step into the squared circle. Mayweather doesn’t necessarily disagree, but he wants to remind everyone who’s calling the shots.

“It’s about what I say,” Mayweather told FightHype.com. “It’s whatever I say.”

Mayweather was in California on Sunday, where he made a promotional appearance after recently returning from an extended trip overseas. While Mayweather was away, White appeared on “Conan,” where he admitted he expects the long-discussed fantasy matchup to become reality – despite the hurdles in the way.

“I do – I do think it’s going to happen,” White told host Conan O’Brien. “I think it’s going to be a tough deal. There are obviously a lot of egos involved in this deal and a lot of people, so that always makes it tougher. But on the flip side, there’s so much money involved.

“I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen.”

Told of White’s comments, Mayweather praised the UFC boss for his efforts.

“I just want to say, Dana White, I was overseas when they told me what you said,” Mayweather said. “I want to say, good work Dana White. Conor McGregor, they said you finally opened your mouth, and you’re back to talking (expletive). I say that’s cool, too.”

“With me, it is what it is. If I can’t do nothing – everybody knows I can fight, if i can’t do nothing else. But when I’m not in the ring, I’m a gentleman. Outside the ring, I’m a gentleman.”

Of course, Mayweather (49-0 boxing) has never been one to pass up on a hefty paycheck, and a clash with McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) – an incredibly marketable fighter despite having no professional boxing experience – would certainly provide that. So if it seems, Mayweather is trying to throw a little cold water on the matchup, don’t read too much into those words.

After all, in a subsequent video produced from the same conversation, Mayweather admitted his Hall of Fame boxing career isn’t done just yet.

“It’s not over,” Mayweather said. “I’ve still got Conor ‘You’ve got to take this L’ McGregor.”
It’s just that Mayweather is used to calling the shots. The self-described “A-side” to pretty much any fight you could ever propose, Mayweather isn’t about to let anyone else announce when he will or won’t be fighting.

“Like I’ve said before, it is what it is,” Mayweather said. “If it happens, it happens. We’ll just see.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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On Foxsports Floyd Mayweather is ready to come out of retirement to face Conor McGregor as early as June if he can reach an agreement to fight the UFC lightweight champion.

Mayweather has been touring the United Kingdom over the past week and due to his close proximity to McGregor’s home in Ireland, it’s no wonder his name has come up a lot during appearances.

Mayweather has said a lot about McGregor recently but now he’s officially declared that he’s ready to end his retirement from boxing for the proposed super fight if they can get a deal done.

“Today, I’m officially out of retirement for Conor McGregor,” Mayweather said in a video posted by FightHype.com. “We don’t need to waste no time. We need to make this [expletive] happen quickly. Let’s get it on in June.”

Mayweather retired in 2015 following a win over Andre Berto that moved his career record to 49-0 while winning titles in several different weight classes.

Since that time, Mayweather has largely scoffed at the idea of returning to the ring until the proposed fight with McGregor started inching closer towards reality.

Since Mayweather stepped away from combat sports, McGregor has ascended the throne as the top draw on pay-per-view while competing in the UFC.

The battle over that top spot appears to be the stumbling block to making a fight with McGregor go from rumor to reality, but Mayweather says his track record is proven so it’s the Irishman who needs to concede to take a lower portion of the proceeds for a potential pay-per-view.

“When I faced Arturo Gatti, I went to his turf. He was the ‘A’ side, I was the ‘B’ side. I beat him, I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain. When I faced Oscar De La Hoya, he was the ‘A’ side, I was the ‘B’ side. I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain, I beat him, and I became the A side. For Conor McGregor, I’m coming out of retirement, just to fight Conor McGregor,” Mayweather said. Mayweather vs Mcgregor

“I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC. Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. Simple and plain. Let’s fight in June. You’re the ‘B’ side, I’m the ‘A’ side. We’re not here to cry about money. I’m tired of all this crying about money and talking about you want to fight. You blowing smoke up everybody’s ass. If you want to fight, sign the paperwork, let’s do it.”

Mayweather has been sending messages just like this one to McGregor for days already but the UFC champion has yet to respond.

McGregor has contended that Mayweather’s drawing power isn’t what it once was, especially when considering the paltry numbers he got for his retirement fight in 2015. Since then, McGregor has been selling millions of pay-per-views while headlining cards in the UFC and that part of the negotiation seems to remain the biggest obstacle from making a fight with Mayweather come together.

Still, Mayweather says McGregor has been as “quiet as a church mouse” now that he’s serious about making the fight happen and according to the former boxing champion he’ll be ready as early as June. Whether or not the fight comes together in that short amount of time remains to be seen.

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In the latest news surrounding a much-hyped up, but yet-to-be-finalized, bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, “Money” has responded to “Notorious’s” recent claims that he would shock the world and knock out the pound-for-pound great.

While usually boisterous with his trash talk, Mayweather was rather calm, cool and collected when responding to Conor’s prediction.

“I feel he’s entitled to feel the way he wants to feel, the only thing you can do is respect that,” he recently told Fight Hype via The Sun. Of course, Floyd as quick to remind Conor about his unmatched pedigree and success in the fight game.

“I didn’t just become world champion overnight, it was a process, it took me longer than four years, but not as a professional, as professional it took me less than two years to become world champion,” said Mayweather.

“But as an amateur, I had my first amateur fight in 87 and I wasn’t a world champion in the professional ranks until I was 21 I think, 1998.”

That said, Floyd knows all-too well anything can happen in the fight game while giving credit to Dana White for finally opening up about the possibility of the the fight.

“I just want to say, Dana White, I was overseas when they told me what you said, I want to say good work Dana White.”

Of course, the fight is far from official — though one Chael Sonnen says his sources tell him the bout is just about ready to be announced. Whether or not this actually got worked out, is unknown.

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Floyd Mayweather the name in boxing and Mcgregor the another name on MMA
A news published on Daily Mail The American known as Money and the Irishman called The Notorious have named the place: The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. They have chosen the weapons: Boxing gloves.

They have named their own price: $100million each, although in reality McGregor will have to settle for less and give his UFC masters a slice of the action.

Mayweather has announced that he is officially coming out of retirement to battle McGregor, who says he wants this war more than any other.

So the event they would like to label The Fight of the Century does look like happening.

More accurately, not least given Mayweather’s pseudonym, it is The Money Maker Of All Time.

Even if it lasts no longer than the time it takes McGregor to blink as Mayweather clocks him, this mix-match of the most lucrative marketeers in the noble art and the cage rage will surely smash all box-office records for combat sports. Which is the principal object.

The other, for Mayweather, is that it offers him a clever way of eclipsing the record of retiring on 49 wins and no defeats which he currently shares with the legendary Rocky Marciano.

When it comes purely to boxing, McGregor as an exponent of mixed martial arts is a virtual novice.

All of which begs the question of whether he has any chance at all against the boxer who calls himself The Best Ever.

To be perfectly honest, he does not.

His best hope would appear to be that Mayweather takes victory for granted and goes easy on the training.
Even that seems unlikely, since the Money mantra has always been ‘hard work, dedication.’

Mayweather did tarry in the UK before travelling to Prague on the latest leg of a world tour which began soon after he hung up the gloves in September 2015.

He has been seen clubbing then eating in McDonald’s in the small hours but Team McGregor would be unwise to read too much into that.

Mayweather lives in Las Vegas, where he is a regular in the nightclubs. His favourite restaurant on The Strip is called Fatburger but he rarely walks about at more than a few pounds over his fighting weight of 147.

With the 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena reportedly reserved for his comeback on June 10 he has plenty of time to get back into training camp and full fitness.

If he needs any reminding, McGregor’s boxing is considered the best element of his MMA repertoire with many of his wins coming by way of knockouts inflicted by his sharp left-hook counter-punching.

That will add sufficient mystique to their own brilliance at self-promotion to boost the pay-television sales needed to finance their monetary demands.

The hype is on. It continues with Mayweather in Prague.

Then, in New York this Friday, McGregor leads Michael Conlan into the Theater at Madison Square for his fellow Irishman’s professional debut.

Conlan, who famously raised his two middle fingers at the judges when they ruled against him at last summer’s Rio Games where he was favourite for gold, has the unusual privilege of topping the bill in his first pro fight.

All eyes will be on the smiling Irish with hundreds travelling from the Emerald Isle to support Conlan – while celebrating a boisterous St Patrick’s night in the Big Apple.

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ESPN published a article Nate Diaz says he’s willing to call the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather bluff.

In an interview with The MMA Hour on Wednesday, Diaz confirmed he is currently in negotiations to fight McGregor for the second time at UFC 202, which is expected to take place on Aug. 20 in Las Vegas. The rematch was originally signed to headline UFC 200 on July 9, but the promotion pulled McGregor from the event last month when he refused to fly to Las Vegas to participate in promotional obligations.

Diaz, who submitted McGregor at UFC 196 in March, met with UFC president Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta last week in Stockton, California, but could not agree to financial terms for the rematch. Looming over the talks, oddly enough, is a proposed boxing match between McGregor and retired superstar Floyd Mayweather. Diaz, 31, called those rumors a “publicity stunt” and said it wouldn’t affect how he negotiates the rematch.

“I think the Mayweather thing is a publicity stunt,” Diaz said. “It’s great for both of them. Boxing followers will start following Conor, MMA followers are going to start following Floyd. They’re all benefiting, and no one is losing, so they’re going to keep the ball rolling. Mayweather vs Mcgregor

“But every day I hear about this Mayweather s—, it’s always about, ‘Am I going to take the fight?’ It seems like this is a pretty big deal, can I get compensated for it? … I’m like, ‘Hey, I call your bluff. Fight [Mayweather], I’ll be right here.'”
Asked about the potential superfight with Mayweather, McGregor told ESPN, “[Mayweather] needs me. I don’t need him. That’s the truth of it. Who else can he fight? He fights someone else in the boxing realm, and it’s like, all of a sudden the pay goes from $100 million to $15 million. He needs me. If he wants to talk, we’ll talk, but it’s me who’s in control here.”

Diaz (19-10), who has sparred with former world boxing champion Andre Ward in California, couldn’t help but add that if he boxed Mayweather, “I guarantee I’d do better than McGregor would.”

In a text to ESPN.com immediately after the meeting with Diaz last week, White simply said, “It wasn’t a good day,” regarding negotiations on the rematch. Although the two sides weren’t able to come to a deal, Diaz said a TMZ report about White storming out of the restaurant was exaggerated.

“Nothing is done, but I don’t think any damage was done,” Diaz said. “We’re still on good terms. I’ve been texting with Dana. He’s real cool. I’m sure he wasn’t the happiest at the moment, and I was thinking, ‘Wow, I might have pissed him off.’ But I just said what I had to say. I told him at the end, ‘I don’t want to piss anyone off. I’m just trying to get mine, because it’s time to get mine. It’s been a long road. I need to get mine while I can. If not, I don’t think I ever will.’

“He was like, ‘I understand, man. It’s not about pissing people off. It’s not about us being pissed. We’ve just got to figure it out.’ So we’ve been texting back and forth.”

On whether he ultimately wants the rematch with McGregor, Diaz said he didn’t care one way or the other. He said it’s McGregor (19-3) who needs the rematch, after losing the first fight. Diaz did say that he and McGregor are the UFC’s two biggest draws at the moment, however, so it’s the fight that fans want to see.

“A lot of people know Conor McGregor is a big draw,” Diaz said, “but I know, whether they want to say it or not, I put up bigger numbers than anybody, too.”

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This is like the Jason Voorhees of combat sports stories: It dies a spectacular death over and over again … only to come back to terrorize Camp Crystal Mania in new and grotesque ways.

Blame this guy.

That includes a new report from FOX Sports host Colin Cowherd, no stranger to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White or the mechanics of mixed martial arts (MMA). Cowherd has (cough) “intel” suggesting Floyd Mayweather will come out of retirement to box UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

Transcribed by MMA Fighting:

“News I believe is gonna break here in about two weeks… I have already booked two rooms, September 17th and 18th in Las Vegas. My intel is Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is going to happen. It changed late last week. I got a call then somebody else sent me something [Sunday] and Saturday. We’ve booked rooms in Vegas. [It’s happening] this September. Mayweather did have a very bad last pay per view gate: 550,000 people, he tries to get two-to-three million. So I think this is the most profitable fight for CBS and Mayweather. CBS has been working with Mayweather for years. That’s why his fights are on Showtime, because CBS owns Showtime. So Les Moonves [President and CEO of CBS] and the CBS peeps have decided, ‘let’s talk to the Fox – UFC peeps’ and you’ve got Fox and CBS, you’ve got UFC, you’ve got boxing, you’ve got Floyd, you’ve got Conor. It’s gonna make a lot of money for people.”

Uh huh.

After moving up to welterweight and getting finished by Nate Diaz, McGregor has been making headlines for everything except fighting. First he retired, then un-retired, then tried to box Mayweather, then attempted to rematch Diaz, and will now get naked.

So much for this.

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Conor McGregor will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas in September – according to well-known sportscaster Colin Cowherd.

The FOX Sports anchor spoke about the fight on his show ‘The Herd’ earlier this week and claimed the deal between the two fighters has been done.

The journalist claims the two have finally sat down and talked through a contract which suits both parties, both companies which represent the fighters and the television networks which both have deals with.

The 52-year-old claimed: “The news I believe is gonna break here in about two weeks… I have already booked two rooms, September 17th and 18th in Las Vegas. My intel is Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is going to happen. It changed late last week.

“I got a call, then somebody else sent me something [Sunday] and Saturday. We’ve booked rooms in Vegas for this September. Mayweather did have a very bad last pay per view gate: 550,000 people – he tries to get two to three million – so I think this is the most profitable fight for CBS and Mayweather.


CBS has been working with Mayweather for years. That’s why his fights are on Showtime, because CBS owns Showtime. So Les Moonves [President and CEO of CBS] and the CBS peeps have decided, ‘let’s talk to the Fox – UFC peeps’ and if you’ve got Fox and CBS, you’ve got UFC, you’ve got boxing, you’ve got Floyd, you’ve got Conor. It’s gonna make a lot of money for people.”

Although Cowherd confirms the fight will take place, I wouldn’t get too excited just yet as the Conor McGregor only spoke to UFC president Dana White earlier this week and a deal is unlikely to be thrashed out for a ‘Billion Dollar fight’ in a matter of days – and the UFC will be reluctant to sanction a fight between their star and arguably the greatest boxer ever.

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