UFC president Dana White joined "The Herd" with FS1's Colin Cowherd Wednesday to divulge the latest details on the potential Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight — which, should it ever happen, has the potential to shatter pay-per-view records.
According to White, Floyd Mayweather could expect to make just over $100 million — which would be a massive drop from his gargantuan payday for fighting Manny Pacquiao in 2015. White isn't sure Mayweather will agree to a deal, however, but vowed to try to make it a fight happen.
Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe and special guest Nelly debated whether White's proposed figures are fair to each fighter on Thursday's episode of "Undisputed."
Dana White: Conor McGregor is locked in
“It depends on how much the fight sells, and if the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of $100 [million] and Conor makes $75.
[Mayweather] feels like he’s the A-side and he should get more of it. We haven’t really gotten into that negotiation yet, I wanted to get McGregor locked in first because McGregor’s under contract with me. And at the end of the day, does this fight make a ton a sense for me? It really doesn’t. But Conor wants this thing really bad, and I’ve said it many times — kid’s stepped up and saved some big fights for me, man. So I’m in. I’ll figure it out.
The Conor side? We’re good on the Conor side. I need to figure out the Mayweather side, and maybe it can’t be [figured out]. Maybe the Mayweather side can’t be done. But we’ll see. I promised Conor I would do everything I could to make this thing happen, so that’s what I’m going to do.”
Ron ChenoyRon Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Nelly: Dana White is starting to sound like a boxing promoter
“Dana starts to sound more and more like a boxing promoter. I think this is what used to separate him — as far as the UFC from boxing — was the way it’s promoted. Kind of like, you believed what Dana was saying. You believed him to be an honest person. And I still do, I like Dana.
Nothing personal, I’m just saying business-wise it seems like he’s being more and more of a promoter now than someone that honestly wants to have the best interests at heart.
He just said that McGregor’s under contract with him, but he wants to make sure that McGregor’s locked in. Well, you’re the lock. If he’s signed to you, how is he not locked? He’s a done deal.”
Adam HungerAdam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Nelly: Mayweather deserves to earn double what McGregor earns
“I’m probably the last person that’s going to sit up here and defend Floyd, but at the end of the day I see where he’s coming from, as a total package. Excluding the Berto fight — because I think the Berto numbers were probably his lowest in the past 10-12 years. McGregor’s coming off 1.3 million viewers, and that Berto fight was a little bit over 500,000, which his a drastic drop.
Like [Dana] said, ‘It depends on how we sell the fight.’ I think Mayweather should at least make double what McGregor’s making. If McGregor’s getting $75, I think Floyd should be, at least, promised $150."
Amber SearlsAmber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
Floyd Mayweather will earn far more than $100 million from this fight
“Dana White says, ‘OK, if the fight does the amount of buys that I think it would, Floyd’s going to do north of $100 million.’
*Way* north. Because if he did 4.6 million buys with Pacquiao, he made $240 million. This fight’s going to do at least $5 million buys.
Floyd Mayweather, last 16 fights he’s made at least $25 million. He made $240 to fight Pacquiao. He made $73 to fight Canelo, which did way more buys than anything [Conor’s done].”
Joe CamporealeJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
You can't take Dana White at his word here
“First of all, I don’t believe anything Dana White says. Because Dana White said the fight was not going to happen, ‘There’s no way this fight’s going to happen.’
Then he said, ‘I stand a better chance to be a backup to Tom Brady in the Super Bowl than this fight happening.’
First of all, when you want to talk to Floyd Mayweather — I told you way back when — when you get to $150, Floyd Mayweather will pick up the phone. When you get to $200, then he’s going to send [Mayweather's money man] Leonard Ellerbe over there to talk to you personally.”
Troy TaorminaTroy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
There's no way Floyd Mayweather is the biggest draw in this fight
“Once upon a time, Floyd was the A-side here, but he is ancient history. What’s it been, four years since he fought a real opponent? I’m just telling you the truth.
So what we heard from Dana yesterday was [that] he is trying to be a boxing promoter. He’s trying to just get Floyd to come to the negotiating table, so he threw out, ‘Well, Conor’s locked in at $75, but Floyd might go a little north of $100.’
Baloney you will, because in the end the A-side of this fight, the biggest draw in this fight is Conor McGregor.”
Per HaljestamPer Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports
Conor McGregor is the bigger global star by far
“Globally, UFC has taken over from the sport of boxing. Again, I’m a longtime, hardcore, old-school boxing fan, but I’ve got to face the facts: UFC owns the world now. Boxing is still trying to hang on in the United States of America, and I think Floyd has quite a following here. Now he’s 40 years old. Conor is 28 years of age, and he is the baddest man on the planet. And he is a showman. If you go to a Conor McGregor fight, it is an event.
Floyd is not a showman. I’m sorry — he’s the most boring fighter in the history of boxing. He just is. He’s hard to watch.”