Dana White: Second Co-Promotion With Floyd Mayweather ‘Very Possible’
August 26th, 2017 was a night many thought would never be possible. UFC star Conor McGregor participated in a true spectacle, deemed ‘The Money Fight’, when he crossed over from the mixed martial arts world to challenge Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match. However, without the blessing and cooperation of UFC president Dana White, it would never have been possible.
Mayweather is arguably the most successful boxer of his generation. For his 50th career fight and a chance to go undefeated before ‘retiring’, Floyd faced off against McGregor to produce one of the most watched fights in combat sport history, where he would win via a tenth round TKO.
The fight nearly broke the all time pay-per-view record with 4.3 million buys, only second to Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao. This was also the first and last time the UFC and Mayweather Promotions co-promoted an event.
“Floyd and I still have dialogue and go back and forth. We’re still interested on both sides,” Dana said. Adding that another collaboration between the two is still “very possible.”
However, according to Dana, any co-promotion would need to take place without a McGregor rematch with Mayweather, as the brash Irishman remains retired.
“No, no, no. I know [Mayweather] would rematch Conor McGregor but I don’t know if you heard about this but Conor McGregor’s retired. I don’t know if you heard about that or not,” Dana stated with a hint of sarcasm.
Business As Usual
Due to McGregor’s current situation, Dana is content with moving his business forward without ‘The Notorious’.
“When I’m doing things right now and running business, I don’t even think about Conor. Conor is retired. As of right here now today, Conor is retired until Conor tells me differently, I’m not trying to make any fights for Conor.
“He is retired right now. He’s not fighting. So, per my contract with fighters, I owe them three fights a year. If I do not deliver three fights a year, I have to pay them their money. Conor McGregor is retired.”
Although McGregor is currently retired, it’s most likely that it’s a matter of when and not if, the former two division UFC champion fights again. Just recently, he hinted at a boxing match with Pacquiao.
A collaboration between Mayweather and the UFC won’t necessarily involve Floyd fighting himself. Although before the global coronavirus pandemic put the world on notice, Dana confirmed that the undefeated boxer would compete in their collaboration.
And only last month, Mayweather hinted at a rematch with McGregor, saying that if the price is right, he’ll be on board.
Despite Dana White’s comments, would you like to see a rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor?