Dana White revealed over the weekend that he lost a potential date for a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather superfight in September after boxers Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin announced their long-anticipated bout. According to White, he simply couldn't get a deal done in time, but the matchup had been penciled in for Sept. 16.
White joined Colin Cowherd Tuesday on The Herd ahead of UFC 211 this weekend in Dallas, and said that he will eventually walk away from negotiations if the two sides can't agree.
“I’m not hinting that it’s getting close. I knew this was going to be a nightmare to get done," White said, "if it can even be done. We’ll find out. Obviously both guys want to fight each other, but you know, what’s the deal? Can the deal be done? That’s the question.”
Colin Cowherd: “Will there be a point with you Dana that you’re like… you just get fatigue on it? You’re tired of Mayweather’s crap?”
Dana White: “It’s not even Mayweather. It’s not even Mayweather, it’s definitely both sides. 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.”
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Dana White on how interest in boxing can help UFC:
“Listen, when people are interested in fights, it’s good for everybody…. We can all co-exist. And the reason they got my date is because I couldn’t get my deal done on time. So they got the date.
Life moves on. We don’t wait for anybody. If the fights are going to keep rolling…
I didn’t get the deal done fast enough [for Mayweather-McGregor], so I lose the date. That’s how it works.”
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Dana White on Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin:
“You know what, boxing’s been dying for 20 years. Every time when you think boxing’s dead, it bounces right back with a great fight. The heavyweight fight [Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko] was awesome.
Canelo-Chavez, not a good fight but got a lot of… lot of people were interested in watching that fight. And that fight built Triple G vs. Canelo, it really did. Canelo looked fantastic, Triple G knocks everybody out. People are excited now to see that fight. I don’t ever hate on boxing. I’ve hated on a lot of the mistakes that they’ve made, but I love it, man.”