Dana White Now Believes Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Will Happen

March 16, 2017
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UFC president Dana White at one time said no way, not ever, but he is now a believer that a boxing match between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather will happen.

Though White recently said publicly that the parties involved were still “not close” to an agreement and that there was no target date set, he’s changed his tune dramatically on whether or not he thinks the fight will happen. 

“I do think it’s gonna happen. I think it’s going to be a tough deal, because obviously a lot of egos involved in this deal and a lot of people, so that always makes it tougher,” White said on Wednesday night’s edition of Conan. “On the flip side, there’s so much money involved. I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen.”

There’s been a lot of public posturing by McGregor and Mayweather over the past year or so, both making significant monetary demands and calling each other to task for not making the fight happen. Mayweather, however, upped the ante last week, announcing that he was coming out of retirement in an effort to force McGregor’s hand

Even with all the recent movement, and rumors that a June 10 date was held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for the fight, there has been no sign of a contract in sight.

If it were to happen, however, the fight would take place under boxing rules, which would certainly stack the deck fully in Mayweather’s favor. White, however, believes there are some factors that could make it a more competitive fight than it appears on paper.

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“A lot of things make this fight intriguing, but the reality is this,” White explained. “Conor McGregor is huge. He’s 27 years old. He’s in the prime of his career. Floyd is 40. Floyd has always had a problem with southpaws. Conor is a southpaw. And Conor hits hard. When he hits people, they go. Floyd’s definitely not knocking him out, that’s for sure. I’m not saying that Conor would win this boxing match, but it sure makes it interesting.”

So the interest that White never displayed in the past has materialized. So how far off can we be from what could easily become one of the biggest pay-per-view events in the history of combat sports?

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  • Groinstrike

    It’s like Conor says something will happen….. and it does…. It’s really quite amazing what he’s done in such a short period of time… He’s like Donald Trump… Everyone said he’d fail, and made jokes… Then he becomes President.

    • DA

      Its actually not even close to “like donald trump”. Conor has kept his word and succeeded while trump lies constantly and the only thing he has won is tricking the dumb people to vote for him. Already many supporters of his are regretting their decision.

      • BarrysHypocrisy

        Stop whining.

        • DA

          I assume trump said something like that right you following moron.

          • BarrysHypocrisy

            Stop whining.

        • DA

          Great come back you simple minded fool. Keep watching the wwe fake wrestling flavored “show” and news you crave. Not worth my time you’re blocked too.

          • TheCerealKiller

            Does DA stand for DumbAss?

      • TheCerealKiller

        Trump is keeping all of his promises so far. You’re too stupid to see it.

        Already ordered the construction of the wall, it’s in the first stage.
        Kill TPP, already did.
        Approving the Dakota Access Pipeline and The Keystone Pipeline.
        Already signed an executive order to defund sanctuary cities.
        Barring U.S. government funding to international non-governmental agencies that promote or perform abortions.
        Ordered Federal agencies to cut two regulations for every new one they propose.
        Freezing all Federal hiring outside of the military.
        He’s in the first stage of replacing Obamacare.
        He selected a Supreme Court Justice matching exactly what he said he would do.
        He’s appropriated funds and signed into law funds to build up our military and take care of our vets.
        The stock market has been rallying like never before for over 20 days now because Trump got in office.

        I’m not sure what you expect from a new President, but he’s getting a ton of things he campaigned on done quick, while you’re busy trying to figure out which bathroom you should use.

        • Neil Wood

          Trump has done what he said, but Connor McGregor looks like a saint compared to Trump. With the rubbish Trump keeps tweeting I believe he either has a mental problems or is a pathological liar, more so then any other president. He has done or had his cronies involved in all the things they blamed Hilary for. People that support him are really ignorant and care only about themselves and are fine if other people suffer for their comforts.

          • TheCerealKiller

            You are correct that I only care about mine and myself. I must have missed the life memo that told me I had to take care of everyone else.

          • DA

            Its ok you will never experience life as people who care about others. You don’t have the brain power to realize whats at stake. You are alive today and have all these rights and freedoms because someone else cared about you dummy. Use your simple mind and figure it out. You’re not worth my time, you’re blocked.

          • TheCerealKiller

            Oh god, please no!

          • DA

            You are the only other smart one in this conversation. These ignorant self centered a holes can keep following the propaganda news they desperately seek. They have that wwe redneck mentality where they need that “show”. Trump lies are so immense and proven. These morons better enjoy the show because its not going to last. Progression is unstoppable and they’re in the way.

      • Islam

        You’re right DA. DT is a duesch, the party of Islamic Democrats shall rule! America is going to hell! Democrats will rule again and Islam will rule! DA you’re a true Democrat!

        • TheCerealKiller

          It’s the Islamocrats.

        • DA

          Again you are easily brain washed. What ever you decide to believe is the truth to you. Its more fun to watch and believe exciting stuff with mud slinging clown acting people then it is for boring people who speak the truth. You are blocked as well, not worth it.

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  • Darin

    Dana saying it would never happen virtually guaranteed that it would. As Dana implied, if Mayweather wins, it will likely be by decision as he doesn’t have the power to KO Mcmuffin. This won’t hurt McRib’s reputation much, as we all know Mayweather will be doing a lot of backing up while McShake trash talks him. Conor will earn tons of new fans off this and Mayweather will remind us why we always feel cheated after paying to watch him fight.

    • rapaces

      i’m saying this while trying to be as nice as possible :
      you can’t possibly think mayweather can’t put him down, i acknowledge the size difference but power comes from precision and explosion / speed, witch mayweather has. if he’s not know for his punching power you’d be a fool to believe it’s because he has none, it’s because he boxes with extrem caution against very dangerous opponents. he chose not to make a mistake, remember against ortiz, the guy made a mistake, u saw floyd “punching power”….
      so mayweather can toy with the irish the ko him when he wants. plus mcgregor doesnt have the best chin …diaz stunned him in the 1st fight

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    Anybody who pays a dime to watch this fight is a fool.

  • AR_Hacker

    let the damn fight happen. Strip Conor of the title because it is obvious he does not want to defend it. He only wants the glory of being called a champion. I hope the Boxing happens and Mayweather embarrasses him. So tired of the champions making choices not to defend belt.

    • Usmc8408

      You are 100% correct. Just like in his prior organization, he won 2 belts, never defended them, dropped them and walked away.

      Anyone with common sense knows he was gifted that opportunity for the lightweight title, and never gave Aldo the chance to prove it was or wasn’t a fluke.

      It’s just sad how everyone bows down before him all for the mighty dollar

    • Jess Fenchley

      True, but because Dana has lost control of the fighters with his favouritism, and should be fired.

  • Usmc8408

    How any commission would license this fight between a 0-0 and 49-0 fighters completely baffles me. Any legitimacy has been thrown and washed away, all for the money. It’s sad really, because they pretend they have the safety of the fighter as top priority

    • aFriendlyAgenda

      I wondered that myself

    • Sir_Roy

      Just consider it an exhibition match. Because that’s all it is and all it is being sold as such really. They let boxing into MMA, let MMA into boxing.

      I think Mayweather runs circles around Conor and I want to see that. However, he also faces a potential one punch disaster (as long a shot as that is). So there are interesting elements there for sure. The build up to this fight will be absolutely hilarious. Two titanic egos clashing. Should be good for a chuckle.

      • Jess Fenchley

        You will pay $100 to see that? Seriously dude, seek help.

        • Sir_Roy

          No, but I will go to my local sports bar and watch it for free.

        • Sir_Roy

          And seriously dude, stop being such an arrogant, opinionated online twerp. Yeah. You’re one of them. Maybe you should seek help.

  • macarrech

    this fight is a joke. a joke that we all are going to be watching, but a joke nonetheless.

    • aFriendlyAgenda

      I wont be paying 59 95 for it,
      but there are other ways to easily watch these things

      • TheCerealKiller

        Floyd PPV’s go for $100.

        • Jess Fenchley

          $0 from me

  • Jess Fenchley

    Seriously, who will actually pay to see this fight? It will be a joke. I cannot believe they will get the necessary PPVs to pay for the ridiculous money these two morons are expecting. Not a dime from me.

    • TheCerealKiller

      I thought the same thing until I spoke to some casual fans. They all said they would pay $100 and throw a huge party. I was surprised.

  • Collideoverme

    I’m a huge Conor McGregor fan. Have been for a while. Defended his antics, his whatever…
    But now I’m done. Sure. He’s beaten everyone put in front of him (aside from his first fight with Nate), won two belts, etc. But, not defending a single one…you’re no champion until you defend the belt at least once. He hasn’t. People are starting to get tired of his money grab (I’m one) and will not support anything he does outside of the UFC until he mans up and does the right thing. Something apparently he’s never done.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Did you know he did the exact same thing in the minor leagues? He won two belts in two different weight classes and never defended either.

      • Collideoverme

        Yeah…it’s getting old now

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  • Neil Wood

    If this happens the result will be meaningless but the buys will be huge. With MMA, boxing and Floyd fans, this would sell millions of ppv’s and gross hundreds of millions. If Connor gets this he would mak emore money then the next top ten or twenty fighters in their entire lifetime. The only losers are real MMA fans that think titles and rankings should mean something.