A lot has been in made in recent days of UFC president Dan White’s offer to Floyd Mayweather to take on UFC star Conor McGregor in a boxing match, but how far off could the offer be?
Everyone knows that Mayweather has done financially well through the years in the sport of boxing, with the nickname ‘Money’ being the mantra for the tale end of his career, during a time where he set pay per view records and became the richest boxer in history.
So when Dana White initially offered this (hat tip and credit Colin Herd YouTube) it might be a bit understandable that some are saying it is a bit out:
Dana White Mayweather McGregor fight offer:
Mayweather was reported to have made in the region of $300 million for his fight with Manny Pacquiao and $100 million for his fight with Canelo Alvarez, so $25 million does seem like a significant pay drop as a minimum guarantee figure.
But White also made an interesting point that Mayweather’s last pay per view in a boxing ring against Andre Berto only drew 350,000 pay per view buys, compared to McGregor doing 1.3 million and 1.5 million pay per view buys in his last two UFC fights in 2016.
Mayweather subsequently laughed off the offer and dismissed White as a ‘comedian’ in an interview with TMZ, but could this all just be the usual posturing and back and forth that goes hand in hand in fight business negotiations?
Renowned fight personality and MMA fighter Chael Sonnen believes Dana White could be holding up negotiations at the moment.
There’s no denying that a potential McGregor Mayweather boxing match would be a gargantuan hit, perhaps even having the potential to rival the Mayweather Pacquiao fight in terms of pay per view buys.
It’s for this reason that $25 million each for both man seems a little off to me, if the fight could generate in the ball park of $300 million plus.
Granted, the two would get a massive cut each in the pay per view so they would likely make a lot more than the guarantee of $25 million, but a minimum guarantee before pay per view revenue sharing of perhaps around $50 million each would likely be a more fair figure for such a huge spectacle, one would have thought.