UFC president Dana White has finally explained why he has gone from saying that a boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. would never happen to saying that there’s no reason for it not to happen.
White expressed his support for the super fight in an interview with “The Herd” on Wednesday, saying how grateful he was that the Irish superstar has been able to step in and save several UFC cards in the past. As a result, he feels obligated to give McGregor the biggest payday of his life.
“This kid steps up. He’ll fight anybody, anywhere, anytime. A lot of people say it, very few really mean it. Conor McGregor, I call him the unicorn. I’ve never dealt with a kid like this,” White said.
“So for him to have this kind of opportunity, to make this kind of money, this type of a fight that people are so interested in worldwide, I almost feel like I have to make it.”
The interview follows a month after White said that the fight would make too much money for it to not become a reality.
While the fight has yet to be made official, the targeted date and setting for the matchup is currently September and Las Vegas, respectively.
Since the UFC is now behind the fight, it seems like all that is needed for it to become a reality is for McGregor and Mayweather to agree on financial details.
“It’s a fight that people do want to see. It’s intriguing, and obviously it’s a fight that Conor wants because financially it’s going to be massive for him. McGregor, he’s a guy that I have a lot of respect for,” White said.
“This guy has stepped up at times when people were at his level would never step up. I’ve said this a million times, and I’ll say it again- I’m the guy standing in the living room, I’m the guy on the phone when these guys are looking down the barrel of a new opponent a week before the fight, and Conor McGregor doesn’t flinch.”