The last time UFC President Dana White and Floyd Mayweather struck a deal, they nearly broke the record for domestic pay-per-view purchases.
Three years after “The Money Fight”, Mayweather still hasn’t stepped into the octagon. But White said he’s still talking with the retired boxing champion from another co-promotion.
White told TMZ he and Mayweather were “interested on both sides” in another event, which is “very possible” despite having called off a rematch between “Money” and Conor McGregor.
McGregor, who announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin on Saturday, is irrelevant as long as his retirement lasts. And although few insiders expect it, White has said he proceeds without the UFC star until things change.
” I know [Mayweather] would be a rematch against Conor McGregor, but I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but Conor McGregor has retired, ”White said. “When I’m doing things right now and running a business, I don’t even think of Conor. Conor is retired. Right now Conor is retired until Conor tells me otherwise, I’m not trying to fight for Conor.
The UFC shared its profits with Mayweather Promotions as official promoters of “The Money Fight”; Mayweather and McGregor respectively won $ 100 million and $ 30 million in guaranteed purses for their boxing match, which Mayweather won via TKO in the 10th round. Once the a la carte bonuses were factored in, both fighters would have racked up all nine digits.
According to some reports, the UFC generated more than $ 700 million in revenue in 2017, not thanks to the massive windfall of “The Money Fight”. White said the boxing match was the biggest pay-per-view ever, with 6.7 million buys.
With so many zeros potentially at stake, and both UFC and Mayweather promotions seeking to revive income after the shock of the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted the boxing promotion to seek help through the Paycheck protection program, it does not. no doubt both parties will try to do so. find a way to work together again.