On Friday afternoon, UFC president Dana White appeared on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Fox Sports 1, where he pitched an offer to Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor to put the proposed mega-fight on pay-per-view.
via Fox Sports:
“I’ll tell you what Floyd, here’s a real offer and I’m the guy, I’m the guy that can actually make the offer and I’m actually making a real offer. We pay you $25 million, we’ll pay Conor $25 million and then we’ll talk about pay-per-view at a certain number. There’s a real offer,” White revealed.
It’s a major change of tune from White, who has spent the past year saying there was no way a fight between McGregor and Mayweather would ever actually happen.
The UFC president’s comments come just a couple of days after Floyd Mayweather said he would fight McGregor for a guaranteed $100 million. Mayweather offered McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, $15 million with a percentage of pay-per-view buys split between the two of them, which White took issue with:
“To say that Conor McGregor hasn’t made $8 million or $10 million in a fight, wrong again. To think that you’re the ‘A’ side — how are you the ‘A’ side?.
The last fight, the last major fight you were in, you left such a bad taste in everybody’s mouth that nobody wants to see you again. His last fight did 350,000 pay-per-view buys. Conor did 1.3 (million and 1.5 (million) pay-per-view buys. So I don’t understand how you think you’re the ‘A’ side and there’s a reason why you want this Conor McGregor fight so bad — because you know that’s your money fight.”
Mayweather has yet to respond to White’s offer.