Dana White explains why Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather has to be a boxing match
There’s a lot of chatter these days about some of the biggest stars from the UFC testing themselves against their counterparts in the sport of boxing.
Of course the biggest matchup that spurred on this conversation is the rumored bout between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather as the UFC lightweight champion looks to go after boxing’s retired pound-for-pound king.
From the start of the rumors about the proposed super fight, it was always meant to be a boxing match, which favors Mayweather, who is arguably one of the all time greats in that particular sport.
While McGregor may be a massive underdog to Maywaether in the ring, UFC president Dana White says the odds would be insurmountable in a mixed martial arts contest and that’s why he hasn’t heard any boxers calling out his fighters to meet inside the Octagon.
“You notice none of them are clamoring for that one. I like that one a lot better. Any of the big boxers that want to come over here and want to fight our guys, I’m in,” White teased when asked by no boxers have been offering to try out MMA.
“Mayweather-McGregor would be over in 15 seconds.”
White has already played out that hypothetical scenario previously when he welcomed multi-time boxing champion James Toney to the Octagon where he faced Hall of Famer Randy Couture in 2010.
The fight lasted less than four minutes.
Obviously, White doesn’t expect any boxers to really want to test the waters in mixed martial arts, but he’s also putting down his foot on any of the fighters in the UFC stepping into the squared circle as well.
White will do everything in his power to put together the fight between McGregor and Mayweather, but that’s where his interest in becoming a boxing promoter comes to an end.
“The biggest one out there is Conor vs. Mayweather. That obviously makes a lot of sense,” White said. “Both guys are huge stars and they both want this fight.
“So most of these other ones make no sense.”