For months, the last two fighters who know how to sell fights have been in the media on some on-again, off-again nonsense regarding their long-rumored bout, with Floyd saying back in March that he'll be coming out of retirement "just to fight Conor McGregor." This was a few weeks after UFC president Dana White said they are "nowhere" when it came to the talks between the two, although later in the month he suddenly thought the fight would be a go.
Trust me, I understand that you have to build these megafights, but dogs...get that sh*t together.
Anyway, the latest news on the fight to end all fights is that, according to White, McGregor could be getting a grip of money to take part in the match. Mayweather has previously said that he'd come out of retirement for no less than $100 million, and White's thinking that Conor would end up taking home $75 million for a bout with Mayweather. At least, that's what he told The Herd with Colin Cowherd when asked about his projections for the fight.
"It depends on how much the fight sells," White said. "If the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of 100 and Conor makes 75."
This would be a huge step up for McGregor, who claims to have taken home $40 million in 2016 (when you add up his total fight pay and endorsements pre-taxes), but it isn't the $100 million he was originally asking for.
Then again, that's all based on this fight actually happening. "At the end of the day, does this fight make a ton of sense for me? It really doesn’t," White told Cowherd, "but you know, Conor wants this thing really bad, and I’ve said it many times, this kid has stepped up and saved some big fights for me, man. So I’m in, I’ll figure it out."