Mayweather vs McGregor: UFC President Dana White Not Shutting Down Idea of Super Fight

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 01/03/17 12:11AM EST
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UFC president Dana White addresses the media during the UFC 205 press conference at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 27, 2016 in New York City.(Photo : Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

UFC president Dana White is not closing the door on the possibility of a Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match.

The match-up has made waves in the past year alone. The rumor first came out around May, when the two men dropped hints about a fight via social media. Talks continued to spread, until September, when Mayweather shut down the idea, stating it was "time to move on."

Despite "Money May's" declarations, the two men have not disappeared from each other's radars. After his win at UFC 205 last November, McGregor once again clamored to face Mayweather for a supposed amount of $100 million, with no specific rule set. For his part, Mayweather managed to make noise by taunting McGregor through interviews and social media posts.

Even the men that backed them up began to join in on the conversation. In early December, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe ripped the Irish fighter, after he was issued a boxing license in the state of California. According to Ellerbe, McGregor is being hindered by UFC executives, alluding that he is under their mercy, while Floyd Mayweather is "his own boss."

"He is under contract to the UFC and if he wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match he can't because his bosses wouldn't allow that to happen," Ellerbe said via Yahoo! Sports.

From their end, the UFC's top brass do not seem to be concerned about McGregor taking a fight against Mayweather. In a recent report by The Daily Star, UFC president Dana White is still seemingly open to the idea of making the fight happen. However, he is not holding his breath.

"I stopped saying never, but who knows? But it's highly unlikely, do you know what I mean? I think that, I say it all the time, look at how long it took for Pacquiao and Mayweather to happen," White said. "And those guys are in the same sport."

In previous interviews, White said that he is not exactly against making the Mayweather vs McGregor fight. However, he stipulated that there should be "kicks, punches, and elbows" involved. 

 

 



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