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Mayweather Updates Terms on McGregor Superfight

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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor was #85 on the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes last year, with $22,000,000. Mayweather was #16 with $44,000,000, and the year before that, Mayweather was #1 with $300,000,000. A fight between the pair, under any rules, makes financial sense.

On May 6, a report surfaced in Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr, the greatest boxer of his generation, were about to announce they’d be boxing in Vegas. The next day Mayweather Sr confirmed the pair would be fighting.

The hardcore fanbase was dubious in the extreme, but UFC color commentator Joe Rogan speculated about how and why the UFC could allow it to take place, which pushed it at least into possible.

Then FOX Sports host Colin Cowherd said it was really happening, and gave the date – September 17. Mayweather said “absolutely” the fight was happening.

Then reality entered the discussion. UFC president Dana White said he was open to discussion, but it began with elbows, kicks, AND punches. And on April 1st, McGregor and Mayweather even fought in a bar.
The discussion died down until July, when McGregor’s team released footage of ‘Notorious’ boxing sparring with former world boxing champion Chris Van Heerden. Van Heerden said Mayweather would outbox McGregor all day, and that set off more weeks of chatter.

However, over and again White noted that Floyd had never called him. And McGregor’s contract with the UFC forbids him from participating in other combat sports without permission, so the fight had to go through White. White and Mayweather had been amiable acquaintances when White was getting started in combat sports management before he put together the plan to buy the UFC.

Eventually, Mayweather conceded that the fight wasn’t happening. All, bizarrely, without calling Dana White. In the end, he said “you live and you learn.”

But it still didn’t end.

McGregor took part in a LADbible-sponsored Facebook Live Q&A and threatened to show up at Mayweather’s door. Then Mayweather said he was an elephant to McGregor’s ant. And McGregor played hard to get, saying he might box one of Mayweather’s previous opponents.

In November, McGregor revealed his terms – nine figures. Now during an appearance on ESPN First Take, for the first time, Mayweather revealed his term, too.

“We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight,” revealed Mayweather, as transcribed by Tom Ngo for 5thRound. “Well, we tried to make the Conor McGregor fight, they knew what my number is. My number was a guaranteed $100 million, that was my number. We’re the A-side.

“I don’t really know how much money he has made before. I don’t really know how much money Conor McGregor has made, I’m pretty sure he hasn’t even made $10 million in a MMA bout. But we are willing to give him $15 million, and then we can talk about splitting the percentage, the back-end percentage on pay-per-view. But of course, we’re the A-side. How can a guy talk about $20 or $30 million if he’s never even made $8 or $9 million?”

“I’m saying right here on this show, Conor McGregor keep telling everybody he want the fight, let’s make it happen. The only thing I’m probably interested in [if I came out of retirement], is probably the Conor McGregor fight. I’m a business man and it makes more business sense.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.