The UFC Champ Conor McGregor wants to fight Floyd Mayweather, but he most recently demanded of a $100 million purse for a boxing match. Floyd has CLAPPED BACK. Find out what Mayweather hit back with…
Floyd Mayweather was a guest Wednesday on ESPN’s First Take and challenged both McGregor and the UFC to close the deal.
The retired boxing champion who turns 40 in February, said:
“You guys keep hearing all these different rumors about different fighters want to face Floyd Mayweather. Everybody keeps talking about Conor McGregor. He’s blowing smoke up everybody’s a–. Dana White, the UFC — let’s make it happen. Bring him over to the boxing world, and I’ll show him what it’s like.”
McGregor, 28, who isn’t expected to return to the Octagon until at least May while taking a break for the birth of his first child. Much of 2016 was dominated by the talk of a Mayweather vs McGregor boxing match. But McGregor took things one step further in December when he obtained a license to box professionally in California.
Floyd retired unbeaten at 49-0 after his September 2015 win over Andre Berto. Mayweather is said to have retired unless he can make nine figures from a fight.
“We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight. They know what my number is. My number is a guaranteed $100 million. That was my number. We are willing to give him $15 million and then we can talk about splitting the percentage — the back-end — on the pay-per-view. But of course, we’re the ‘A side.’ How can a guy talk about making 20 or 30 million if he has never made 8 or 9 million in a fight.”
Meanwhile, McGregor holds the UFC record for the richest disclosed purse when he made $3 million (not counting pay-per-view bonuses) for his UFC 202 victory in August over Nate Diaz in their rematch.
Mayweather talked how comfortable he is in retirement while focusing on his promotional company. The superstar boxer adds:
“Only thing I’m probably interested in is the Conor McGregor fight. I’m a businessman, and it makes business sense. I believe in what me and [adviser] Al Haymon talk about every day — I believe in working smarter, not harder.”
Asked what a boxing match against McGregor would look like inside the ring from a competitive standpoint, Mayweather interrupted to say, “What’s understood doesn’t have to be talked about.”
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