In an open letter De La Hoya calls for a boycott of the proposed McGregor-Mayweather fight.
To my fellow boxing fans, I write in the hopes that together we can protect the sport of boxing. With each passing day, it looks more and more likely that the circus known as Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor will be coming to town in the near future. As undercard fights start to take form, athletic commissions give their blessings in exchange for millions of dollars, and the fighters start counting even more cash, one group will eventually be left to make sure this farce doesn’t occur — we, the fans, who are the lifeblood of our sport. Floyd’s and Conor’s motivation is clear. It’s money. It’s a win-win for them. It’s a lose-lose for us. We’ll be $100 lighter and we will have squandered another opportunity to bring boxing back to its rightful place as the sport of kings. At this point, only we can shut the circus down by making it clear that we won’t pay to see a joke of a fight and telling our casual-fan friends that they shouldn’t either.
Helwani tweets that McGregor’s Nevada boxing licence has not been approved yet, and that Mayweather has still to apply for his.
During an interview with Snoop Dogg, White says that McGregor may not come back to MMA after fighting Mayweather.
Conor could make $75 million (£57.5 million) [but] how do you come back [to UFC] and fight [for] $10 million (£7.6 million)? You have to be hungry and you may not be hungry with $75 million in the bank, but he is hungry for Mayweather and hungry to prove people wrong.
James O’Neal displays his latest creation, a wooden sculpture of Mayweather, alongside his previous sculptures of McGregor and Muhammad Ali, at an Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony. O’Neal says his next project will be Cris Cyborg.
Tyson says that Mayweather will beat McGregor in boxing.
No, it doesn’t give boxing a bad name. This is interesting. It only gives boxing a bad name because Conor is not skilled enough to box with Floyd. If he fought UFC in this and Floyd boxed, then that would be more exciting. Then, we would see how Floyd handles the kicks to the leg and all that stuff. But, that’s what boxing about. Conor’s not a boxer. You know, he got some amateur boxing skills, but he’s not a boxer. He needs to go in there fight his fight. Floyd need to fight his fight. If he’s doing this for money, he’s just ridiculous instead of just fighting his fight…Until I see the two of them in the ring. I don’t care if they signed it. Until I see the two of them in the ring and they’re getting ready to ring that bell, it’s not going to happen.
Mayweather says he is looking forward to signing a superfight deal with McGregor.
If me and Conor McGregor do happen to make the fight happen, which I think the fight will happen…I had a great career, and my career may not be over. Number 50 may be against Conor McGregor, we’ll just wait and see…if he signed the contract – I’m over here working, I’m always working…They said Conor McGregor signed his end of the deal. I look forward to signing my end of the deal. I haven’t signed my end of the deal yet so once I get home, I’ll communicate with my team, I’ll talk with Al Haymon, I’ll talk with Leonard, and we’ll see what we come up with. We’ll put all our great minds together and we’re gonna have another superfight.
According to Mayweather’s uncle Jeff, the boxer is already working behind the scenes towards the McGregor showdown.
He has come in, he trained once, he must be preparing for the McGregor fight because he worked out with an MMA guy. Everybody was telling me that it was a UFC fighter. Floyd told me they did five rounds. This was a week and a half ago.
McGregor taunts Mayweather about signing his fight contract.
Speaking in the ring following one of his protege’s bout tonight, Mayweather says that he sees himself facing McGregor.
I think the fight will happen.
While talking about Mayweather’s upcoming fight with McGregor, Joshua jokes that he wants to be on the undercard.
Get me on the undercard.
A promo from Axiom films outlines McGregor’s chances as he heads towards a fight with Mayweather.
I almost feel sorry for how McGregor is going to be embarrassed and beat down.
White says that McGregor will make a lot of money from the Mayweather fight.
He’s gonna make a couple of bucks. He’s gonna do alright. If this fight even happens, Conor’s gonna make a lot of money. Who doesn’t think that Conor is a global star? I think Conor is bigger than Pacquiao…It’s going to be a typical boxing match where it’s all about the main event…This won’t be a UFC event, it’ll be a boxing event…Conor’s ready to fight…Win, lose or draw the Mayweather fight, he will fight again before the end of the year.
Rogan says he’s not sure how a McGregor-Mayweather fight will turn out.
[McGregor’s] signed. It happened yesterday. He has signed, Floyd Mayweather has not signed, they’re negotiating the Floyd Mayweather deal. It’s a good fight, in terms of seeing what the fuck happens. … First of all, Floyd’s 40, nearly 41 and he’s one of the best defensive boxers in the history of the planet. … Conor might get his ass handed to him — but he might not. Conor might tag Floyd. Conor is very good at closing distance and snapping off lead shots. That’s what he did against Nate [Diaz]. And he’s a southpaw. If he can just snap off one or two clean shots and make it interesting, it’ll be fun.
Former cruiserweight champion Bellew says that McGregor has no chance against Mayweather.
It is very simple, there is only one winner. I’m a huge MMA fan, I’m a massive UFC fan, and a big Conor McGregor fan. I’m also a Floyd Mayweather fan. If these two guys were to get in a cage it would be over within a minute. [But] These two guys aren’t going to get in a cage, they’re going to get in a ring, and it will be over whenever Floyd Mayweather sees fit. Don’t talk nonsense to me and say, ‘oh he could land a punch’. The best fighters of his whole era have tried to land that punch, never mind the guy from a cage. So for me there is only one winner in this.
Roddy, McGregor’s striking coach, says he wants Mayweather to take his time signing up to fight the Irishman.
He’s very happy with the deal. I was just with Conor yesterday for some training and he’s just excited. He just wants to get it on. I’m sure he’s happy with whatever he has signed, but I really think he’s more excited about the fight in general. To be able to do something like this unbelievable…Conor wants to do things that have never been done before. This is just another moment in his career where he defies all the odds and gets the job done…He is all about success. He wants to generate more income than any other athlete on the planet. Last year I think he was talking about trying to close in on Ronaldo this year. I don’t know if he will beat him or not, but I wouldn’t rule it out.
As for the timing:
We’ve been told certain dates, but it will definitely be this year. Fingers crossed, once the other side gets things done everybody will be happy and then it will be another big extravaganza for fans…We’re training now. The longer it takes Mayweather to sign, the better it is for us. We get more time to study him the longer he drags it out. We can get people in to help us if needs be. I see the negotiation period as just more time for Conor to immerse himself in boxing.
McGregor says he has signed a contract to fight Mayweather, and is now waiting on the boxer to sign.
It is an honour to sign this record breaking deal alongside my partners Zuffa LLC, The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Paradigm Sports Management. The first, and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on. Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await Al Haymon and his boxer’s signature in the coming days.
Mayweather says that he has received no word from Dan White about a McGregor fight, and that he is waiting to talk.
It’s only one fight I think that makes business sense. I came out of retirement because I’m a businessman. I want to give the world what they want to see…McGregor’s a fighter, I’m a fighter, and that’s what the people want to see…I think we can break me and Pacquiao’s number…I’m not here to throw anyone under the bus. I’m a true professional. I can’t say they are waiting on us, and we’re not waiting on them. As soon as his side communicate with my side then the fight will happen…Once my team come to me and say Floyd it’s a go, it’s a go.
Daley, who is preparing for his fight with Rory MacDonald in the headline event at Bellator 179, says McGregor has no chance of beating Mayweather.
Most definitely it’s a mismatch. It’s been done well because McGregor fans are sold on the whole concept but you’re talking about one of the best boxers of our time, who has defeated some of the best boxers of our time. Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao. Those four names there McGregor wouldn’t even last three rounds with, let alone the guy who has defeated them all…Boxing is completely different to MMA. McGregor should get in there with a top three British fighter in his weight and see how he fares. I think if he jumps in with the best boxer of our era, it’s a huge mismatch. I can’t fault McGregor when there’s so much money involved…McGregor must be extremely confident to think he can beat or even challenge the best boxer of our time. It’s crazy.
Lee, who has had over 38 professional boxing matches, says that while a Mayweather-McGregor superfight will be entertaining to watch, ultimately McGregor cannot beat Mayweather.
In terms of a contest, I don’t see it being a real fight. Mayweather is the best boxer of our generation. Conor McGregor is a great boxer in UFC but hasn’t had a professional (boxing) fight. It’s like asking a triathlete to swim against Michael Phelps. He has to spread his skills across four or five disciplines and Mayweather is just focused on boxing. If it’s a boxing contest, Mayweather wins hands down. But Conor McGregor is tough and can punch. It’ll be one of the biggest promotions in the history of boxing. It’ll probably do more pay per views and sell more, be unprecedented. It will be a great promotion and a lot of fun watching the build-up.
Mike Turner releases a fan video about the McGregor-Mayweather matchup.
The UFC President says he has agreed in principle with McGregor on all the details about the Mayweather fight. White says they just need to put pen to paper, and expect it to be done on Sunday 14 May.
[Conor and I] are not meeting. We’re right there to get this deal done. I would like to get it done this Sunday, and start negotiating with team Mayweather. I think we’re there. Conor and I have agreed on a deal. Then you get a bunch of lawyers involved, and it [could get] stupid. As soon as this is done, we go to work. It will be me and [Al] Haymon, in Vegas or LA…If that deal can get done, then we’ll get it done. If we can’t, I’ll need to move on. It’s either going to happen this year, or it’s never going to happen at all. This isn’t something that I’m going to spend a bunch of time on, or I’m going to dedicate the next three months of my life to. Conor wants to fight twice this year. He feels the same way. He wants one of those fights to be Floyd, if possible.
Fertitta, the ex-UFC owner, says he supports Dana White’s plan to pay Mayweather $100 mil and McGregor $75 mil if they fight.
It’s never too much money. They deserve it. McGregor [will win] for sure. Conor’s a special guy. He’s different. Don’t underestimate him.
White says he is setting Sunday 14th May as the deadline to get McGregor’s part of the deal for the Mayweather fight, or he will walk away.
I plan on having this thing locked up by this Sunday and then moving on to Team Mayweather and starting a negotiation with them. If we really do get it done in that time frame, then this thing could possibly happen. But again, I still need to go negotiate with [Floyd Mayweather’s team]. There’s no guarantee that we’re going to come to a deal…I just can’t keep messing with this thing. I need to run my business and I have to focus on all the other things that are going on around here.
While making an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, White confirms he had September 16th in mind for McGregor and Mayweather. However, he wasn’t able to get the deal done in time.
The reason they got my date is because I couldn’t get my deal done on time, so they got the date. Listen, life moves on, man. We don’t wait for anybody. If the fights are going to keep rolling – you know, I didn’t get the deal done fast enough so I lose the date. That’s how it works.
He also says he may walk away from the deal.
I’m not hinting that it’s getting close at all. I knew that this thing was going to be a nightmare to get done, if it can even be done. 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 just Mayweather. It’s both sides of this thing are going to 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.
Mayweather is interviewed on Fox Live.
The only thing I do is have patience. No-one thought the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight would happen, but I had patience. Do I believe the fight is going to happen. I really don’t know when, as of right now. But me and my side…we are ready to go. They sign on the dotted line, and [we start] at training camp…’Ready to go’ is when they sign…The hold up is that Conor McGregor has a baby that’s due. After the baby is due we can go from there…[Regarding money] you have to work your way to become the A-side. In the UFC, he is the A-side. This is Mayweather Promotions working with the UFC. We are the A-side because of the numbers, because of the PPV numbers. His largest guarantee was only $3 million, no more than $5 million.
White says he is working on the Mayweather-McGregor fight.
Still working on it. We are not close…To get a deal like this done, this doesn’t happen in a couple months. It’s gonna be a tough deal to get done, if it gets done at all…I guaranteed that I would try my hardest.
White also responds to Mayweather’s comment that McGregor could beat him.
I’ve never heard Floyd talk like that! Anybody knows a fight is a fight. Anything can happen in a fight especially when you have a guy who hits as hard as Conor does, and when you have a guy who is as talented as Floyd.
Mayweather says McGregor could beat him.
I’m not gonna sit right here and knock Conor McGregor. He’s gone out there and done what he’s had to do. It’s obvious he’s done something right thus far to get to the point where he’s at. I’ve been off for a couple years and I’m 40 years old now. So, I’m a lot older and he’s still in his 20s and I’m in my 40s now. So that could play a major key, we don’t know. And he’s a heavy hitter. Every time he goes out there and defeats fighters, he’s standing up. He’s in a boxing position and he’s beating fighters. Does he have a good chance of upsetting Floyd Mayweather? I can’t say, but anything can happen in the sport of boxing.
Tarver, who was a 1996 Olympic boxer, says McGregor cannot compete with Mayweather in boxing.
Not a chance in hell. Because Conor McGregor can’t beat the top-20 in the division, how the f-ck is he going to beat Floyd Mayweather? Not a f-cking chance in hell (of even a puncher’s chance), because he’s not punching with those four-ounce gloves on. He’s punching with 10-ounce gloves on. Big difference. It’s a money fight. I don’t know if it’s a mockery, but it’s a money fight. That’s what it’s all about. Conor McGregor can’t beat Nate Diaz in a boxing match. In a boxing match, [Diaz] will beat his ass, and there’s a whole lot of other fighters out there who will beat his ass in a boxing match.
He also says that Mayweather can knock McGregor out:
I think Floyd can knock him out, because Floyd is a boxer. [McGregor] is not going to know what to do. He hasn’t had the repetitions. He hasn’t had the experiences. He don’t know what it’s going to take. Sh-t, he gets tired in a five-round fight, even though they’re going five rounds and they’re wrestling. What the hell you think is going to happen in round six, seven, if he gets that far? When he’s mentally fatigued and tired? Because I’ve seen him in the Octagon getting mentally fatigued and tired. So he just needs to be taught.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. says that, not only will his son beat McGregor, but that he can beat him in the ring.
He don’t want that fight. Floyd’s gonna turn him upside down. That be like you and Floyd in the ring! [Laughs]. He looks bad in the ring. That’s a done deal right there. They’ve already showed the best that he’s got…He ain’t nothing but talk! I told them people on the TV already, forget about Floyd. Let’s throw Floyd to the side. Here I am, I’m a 64-year-old man and I’ll beat your ass. I’ll beat the shit out of McGregor! Anytime he wants it, let’s go.
A Showtime executive says there has been little progress on a potential McGregor-Mayweather fight. Showtime has hosted every Mayweather PPV since he signed with them in 2013 and will be the carrier for the super fight if it ends up happening.
The biggest battle in Mayweather-Pacquiao was both guys really thinking that the other wanted to do it. That part has happened [with McGregor and Mayweather], so I think the real question – and it’s sort of a black box right now – is where’s the UFC really, on this? Do they, in fact, want it? Dana – speaking on behalf of, I assume, the UFC – is making noises that he’s more open to it but talk is talk. I haven’t seen a lot of progress either internally in the deal between the two of them or externally, the deal between that side and this side. It’s largely at a standstill. There hasn’t been a ton of progress and I think if they don’t move relatively quickly, people may move on. People may tire of it. But it really is something that needs to happen this year, or it probably won’t happen. Floyd’s on 18 months, two solid years come September since he’s fought. He’s still in great shape, but at a certain point, he’s not gonna do it after a while. I think part of the fear on the UFC’s side is that they’ll never see Conor again. If he makes 50, 60, 70 and then you never see him in the ring, and he retires in Ireland and so much for their megastar.
Attar, McGregor’s manager says there is still a long way to go to a Mayweather fight, but that everything is moving in the right direction.
It’s a work in progress but definitely trending in the right direction. It’s not done. Until the ink drys and beyond that, the fight happens, you don’t know. A lot of Conor’s focus and visions have ended up becoming a reality and I think that’s something that he’s always subscribed to in his career. So it’s all trending in the right direction. [On a scale of one to ten] I could tell you five but I still don’t know it until it happens.
Appearing with Snoop Dogg, White says McGregor can beat Mayweather.
At the end of the day it’s a fight. Floyd Mayweather is 40 years old; Conor McGregor is 27. Conor’s a big dude. Floyd has trouble with southpaws; Conor McGregor is a southpaw. And Conor McGregor hits like a truck. When he hits you, you know it. So, in no way, shape or form am I saying Conor McGregor wins this fight. I don’t know. But it’s more interesting than people think it is. … I promise you Conor McGregor will hit him. When they fight (Mayweather) will get hit, and it will be interesting to see what happens.
McGregor — as the Terminator — chases Mayweather through the streets of LA in this fan-made parody.
McGregor’s striking coach, Roddy, says that after the Artem Lobov fight he will start helping McGregor prepare for Mayweather.
Training now officially starts hard when I get back on Tuesday. I was talking to Conor over the weekend and we’re getting going. I don’t think it’s officially signed yet but it will be soon enough. That’s going to be an exciting one…Conor comes with a different type of style. Obviously, it’s Floyd Mayweather and that’s going to be the challenge but at the end of the day Conor only needs to land once. I’ve said this in every interview. He only needs to land once and you can’t go against those odds…You watch him spar and a new person will come in and within one or two exchanges, Conor can read the guy and he can tell what shots are coming. I think that is going to be the same scenario when it comes to Mayweather.
McGregor posts an Instagram video of him critiquing the boxing techniques of a ‘protege’. He also talks about the Mayweather fight, and about training his son to be a fighter.
Floyd may crap his jocks after all and if so I will go back to true fighting or just pick another boxer like manny or something…When my son is born I will build him up into a multiple free fighting world champion also. Just like his old man. I look forward to it.
In an Instagram post about his new glasses, McGregor says he will make more than $100 million from the Mayweather fight.
It’s actually 100+ milli if we go by the non conservative numbers the fight will actually do and that’s not including my endorsements and business ventures.
White talks about the negotiations for the fight between McGregor and Mayweather.
It depends on how much the fight sells. If the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of $100 [million] and Conor makes $75 [million]. [Mayweather] feels like he’s the ‘A’ side and he should get more of it. We really haven’t got into that negotiation yet. I wanted to get McGregor locked in first because McGregor is under contract with me. At the end of the day does this fight make a ton of sense for me? It really doesn’t but Conor wants this thing really bad and I’ve said this many times, kid’s stepped up and saved some big fights for me. I’m in, I’ll figure it out…I don’t think Floyd will personally be there himself. Whether he’s there or not there, it’s all the same thing. He’s going to hear what we’re looking for…There’s no doubt people want to see this fight. It’s all anybody ever asks me about. I’m going to do my best to see if I can get this thing done. I’m not saying I can, but we’re trying to.
In an Instagram post advertising his live performance training program, McGregor says an announcement about his fight with Mayweather is imminent.
I am not talented. I don’t believe in talent.
Cormier says he wants a rematch with Jones on the McGregor-Mayweather undercard. However, he says has not been involved in any talks about the fight.
Any human being that gets part of the Pay-per-view would definitely want to be a part of that. If you are on a card with Mayweather and McGregor, and me and Jon Jones. It would do ridiculous numbers. You’d get paid…I’ve won at every level. Beat some of the best guys in the entire world. And then, once I get through with Jones, I can do whatever I want.
Matchroom promoter Hearn says McGregor is mismatched to Mayweather in boxing.
McGregor is one of the world’s best MMA fighters but I’ve got kids at York Hall who would beat him hands down in a boxing match. And he’s fighting Floyd Mayweather? That’s the biggest boxing mismatch ever. But if they need a promoter, give me a call. I’d snap it up.
Jeff Mayweather says McGregor has been offered an uneven split by the UFC to fight his nephew.
Last I heard, Conor McGregor has to take a horrendous split: 80 to 20 percent. [McGregor] would have to take 20 percent, if he’s allowed to fight. And the one thing is that Dana’s his boss. He’ll still make more money than he ever did, but at the same time … that’s a very tough pill to swallow.
At an event at the Star Casino in Sydney, Australia, Kavanagh says that while he respects Mayweather as a fighter, he has none for him as a person.
I do think Floyd Mayweather is pretty much a dirtbag. He’s beat up his girlfriends…He just strikes me as a real bullying type character. He makes these guys fight endless rounds (in his gym) until one is badly hurt…just not a good individual. In saying that, that’s his personality. Technically he’s obviously a very, very sound boxer. I’m a fan of his skills but as a human being, the way he runs his gym and the way he carries himself…
At an event at Sydney’s Star Casino, Coach Kavanagh says McGregor will return to MMA if the Mayweather fight doesn’t happen.
What I see happening this year is the Mayweather fight, maybe the end of the summer or something like that. [But] let’s say Mayweather doesn’t want to do it, for whatever reason. Then I could see us fighting in MMA by the end of the summer, [for] the lightweight belt. One thing you’ve got to understand about Conor — and this might rattle your bones — is his motivation is not money when it comes to fighting. Right now, even with his ridiculous spending habits, he wouldn’t be able to spend his money by the time he retired. It’s not money that’s getting him up in the morning. It’s the competition. It’s facing someone he genuinely feels is a threat.
At an event in Sydney’s Star Casino, Coach Kavanagh says that preparations for a McGregor-Mayweather fight have been underway for some time. He also says the fight will happen in September, and if not, certainly by the end of the year.
It’s happening, 100 per cent. Before I came out here I had a sit down with Conor and we (put in place) a training plan. Right now he’s doing base level cardio training so that when I get back we can go into specific training. We have a ‘secret dojo’ set up with a championship-level boxing ring that will exactly mirror the situation when it happens. Where my gym is, the guy who owns my gym, owns the entire estate, and there’s a building — I’m kinda giving away a secret here — there’s a building at the back and he’s just going to give it to me until the fight is on. So we’re getting that kitted out. We’re going to make it into kind of a stadium with a full-sized boxing ring. We’ll have weekly or biweekly sparring sessions where we invite people in to make it feel like a fight and bring in different sparring partners.
What makes the Mayweather fight competitive? Well, Mayweather’s Mayweather, in terms of defensive boxing — I’ve studied Mayweather, I find this ‘Philly shell’ fascinating, how he’s able to keep himself safe — but everyone can be beat. He’s had trouble in the past with southpaws. Pacquiao got some good shots off on him. There were moments in that fight where Pacquiao could have done some things a little different. The way he was able to tie Pacquiao up on the inside — he’s not going to do that to us. If he tries to tie us up in the clinch, that’s not going to work. And [McGregor] has the death touch. If that lands, I don’t care if you’re Mayweather, Juneweather, Julyweather … you’re still going to go down.
White says the Mayweather-McGregor fight will happen in 2017.
I think you will [see it before the end of 2017]. Conor McGregor is having a baby right now. After his girlfriend delivers her baby, we will start working on this deal. I think we are actually there [in terms of the financial details]. I think we are in a good place. I just need to get together with him and finalize some stuff and then it’s on to Mayweather.
When asked if there is a risk to McGregor:
Absolutely and I think you have to look at it for instance, [seven] years ago, James Toney came into the UFC and fought and he got completely embarrassed in a minute and a half in another sport [against Randy Couture]…[But] If you sit down and talk to Conor McGregor, he’ll make you believe he’s going to win the fight. I’m fascinated to see how this thing plays out.
Berto, who was beaten by Mayweather in 2015, says that while he thinks McGregor can’t beat Mayweather, there is a huge upside for the Irish fighter.
Understand this, if McGregor comes in here and he clips that man – it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t win – if he catches Floyd, knocks him down or hurts him… like I said, McGregor can’t… unless Floyd just embarrasses him, if McGregor goes there and puts on a good fight, if he catches Floyd, he hurts Floyd, he drops Floyd, if he knocks Floyd out, oh it’s over! It’s OVER! McGregor going to be the president over in Ireland. He might be president over here. That should be crazy. I don’t know, man. Like I said, man, it’s the fight game. Anything can happen, so shit, if it happens, good luck to both guys.
White says that he is pushing back on those asking for more MMA-boxing crossover fights.
No, I don’t like the idea of opening up a bunch of different crossover fights. But you know, now this things been talked about so big it’s all everybody wants to talk about now, and my guys are saying they wanna fight that guy and other boxers saying they wanna fight this guy, no, this is going to be a one and done. That means the discussion itself can be refocused on the money men, McGregor and Mayweather, a fight that as traction builds continues to garner speculation and prediction…It’s an intriguing fight, it really is intriguing…If you break the thing down — and listen, everyone has their opinions, and I’m not going to say who’s going to win or lose — Floyd’s 40-years old. Conor’s 27. Floyd has trouble with southpaws, Conor’s a southpaw. Conor has knockout power in both hands, and Floyd does not. It’s an intriguing fight.
White says he feels almost obligated to help get the McGregor-Mayweather fight organised.
This kid steps up. He’ll fight anybody, anywhere, anytime. A lot of people say it, very few really mean it. Conor McGregor, I call him the unicorn. I’ve never dealt with a kid like this. So for him to have this kind of opportunity, to make this kind of money, this type of a fight that people are so interested in worldwide, I almost feel like I have to make it…It’s a fight that people do want to see. It’s intriguing and obviously it’s a fight that Conor wants because financially it’s going to be massive for him. He’s a guy that I have a lot of respect for. This guy has stepped up at times when people were at his level would never step up. I’ve said this a million times and I’ll say it again — I’m the guy standing in the living room, I’m the guy on the phone when these guys are looking down the barrel of a new opponent a week before the fight and Conor McGregor doesn’t flinch.
Coach Kavanagh says McGregor has started to put together the training agenda to fight Mayweather.
In my mind, it’s on. That’s the mentality we’re in. Like you said, there’s a lot of fingers in the pie on this one. There’s different promotions, different organizations, different commissions that are involved but as far as I’m concerned, I really believe it’s going to happen this year. That’s the mindset I have. Let the people in the suits worry about the paperwork. We’re training for it.
On the training program:
Boxing is one of the 10 skills you need for mixed martial arts. But now we’re only doing boxing so we can drop wrestling and jiu-jitsu and Thai boxing, we can just focus on the boxing. So of course we’re getting ready to fight arguably one of the best defensive boxers of all time, but the training will become simplified ’cause we only have to do boxing so it’s a new challenge I’m excited about.
Cormier gives his opinion on a fight between McGregor and Mayweather.
Floyd kills him. Conor McGregor can’t box Floyd Mayweather. Let’s be real with ourselves. Neither one of these guys can do the other guy’s sport…[But] It’s looking more and more likely. Even if Conor was to fight for $50 million and the UFC took $20 million, you don’t make a $30 million pay day in MMA. You just don’t in one fight…I say go do it.