Mayweather Offers McGregor $15 Million, Percentage Of PPV For Fight
Hahaha, classic. Round One to Conor McGregor, I guess.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 11, 2017
McGregor tweeted this today, with the C.J. Watson reference being of the NBA guard whose text messages to Floyd Mayweather's long-term partner reportedly started the domestic violence incident for which Mayweather was sent to prison.
It was apparently in response to Mayweather's morning appearance on ESPN's First Take, in which the boxer made his latest offer to McGregor (and by extension Dana White) to meet him in the boxing ring. Mayweather tossed around more noisy pots and pans to maintain interest in this farce. He also flashed more cash The Score:
"We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight," said Mayweather. "They know what my number is, a guaranteed $100 million. We're the A-side and I don't really know how much money he has made before, I'm pretty sure he hasn't even made $10 million in an MMA bout. But we are willing to give him $15 million and then we could talk about splitting the back-end percentage on PPV. 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 wants the fight. Let's make it happen," said Mayweather.
This whole thing is catnip for Mayweather, of course: a $100 million payday for a fight that he knows he can't lose. But a better matchup, one even I would pay to see, would be Mayweather vs. McGregor under UFC rules. Of course Mayweather would never do that, and it's a moot point since he's not even licensed for MMA.
McGregor, on the other hand, recently obtained a boxing license in California. But would UFC President White even let his star attraction into a boxing ring? Not likely. But talking about it is another matter, because every mention of a Mayweather-McGregor fight is valuable publicity for UFC.
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