Money is one of the topics of discussion revolving around the potential super fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr., and UFC President Dana White is denying a recent claim that the promotion wants a huge percentage of the Irish star’s earnings if the fight were to be made official.
The claim was made by Jeff Mayweather, Floyd’s uncle and trainer, who said that the UFC was looking for an 80-percent cut from McGregor.
“80-20 percent,” Mayweather said. “(Conor) would have to take 20 percent, if he’s allowed to fight. And the one thing is that Dana’s his boss. He’ll still make more money than he ever did, but at the same time, that’s very tough pill to swallow. If somebody tells you ‘I’m gonna take 80 percent of your money, and you’re the one that’s fighting for it, that’s still a tough pill to swallow. Even if you made more money than you ever did. But, it is what it is.”
Mayweather wasn’t the only one to make such claims, as Top Rank Promotions chief Bob Arum said last month that the UFC wanted 50 percent of McGregor’s purse for the potential fight.
White, who wasn’t a fan of Arum’s comments, either, addressed Mayweather’s statement during this past weekend’s UFC 210 post-event press conference, calling it all “bulls**t.”
“What I would like to clarify is all the bulls**t about the 80 f**king 20 split,” he said. “Jeff Mayweather? Come on, Jeff. Me and Jeff go way back. Jeff, are you the spokesman now for f**king team Mayweather? And Bob Arum? You piece of s**t? F**k you, too. What do they know about this fight? You know what they know about this fight? Nothing.”
The fight is closer to becoming a reality thanks to White’s recent shift from opposing the bout to being behind it, and he plans on having more conversations with McGregor about the boxing match soon.
“Believe me, we’ve had preliminary talks with Conor, and I’m in a good place with Conor, and we’re gonna meet in New York when he has his baby,” he said.