“Hopefully we can make the fight happen.”
Earlier Saturday, McGregor, the UFC champion, said (via MMAFighting.com) in England that the “fight is being more than explored. That fight has been in the works for a while now. Look, there’s a lot of steps to get through to get the fight going, but it’s the fight to make. It’s the fight the people want. It’s the fight I want. I know I’m confident going in there.
“I’ve got the reach. I’ve got youth. I’ve got the confidence. I’ve got the unpredictable style. You can’t prepare for a style like me. A guy said to me, why conquer one world when you can conquer two? So I’m going to go conquer two worlds.”
So, the hype machine is warming up.
“The fans want this fight. The fans have been asking for this fight,” Mayweather, who turns 40 next month, said. “It’s all about entertainment. He’s very entertaining. He’s very outspoken like myself. So let’s give the fans what they want to see.”
If both men make a ton of money, all the better. McGregor said he thinks the fight “will happen by the end of this year or early next year,” but so far there’s no monetary agreement. Mayweather offered McGregor $15 million to his $100 million and UFC President Dana White offered each $25 million, a figure he admitted Saturday was low. White said Saturday that he thinks the chances of the fight are slim.
“Here’s what I think … the chances are about the same as me being the backup quarterback for [Tom] Brady on Sunday [in Super Bowl LI],” White said at a UFC fight in Denver.
McGregor, who will turn 29 in July, did note that “we’re getting there” as far as money is concerned. “If [the] Manny [Pacquiao] and Floyd [fight] did half a billion, this is a billion-dollar fight,” McGregor said of the May 2015 bout that left many pay-per-viewers feeling ripped off. “People gotta pay for it.”
Mayweather (49-0) made a guaranteed $100 million for that fight against Pacquiao; his last fight, in September 2015 against Andre Berto, was for a guaranteed $32 million. McGregor (21-3) is the UFC lightweight champion. For now, he is focusing on the birth of his first child, whose due date he has not revealed.
“The next time I fight, I will step through the ropes with … gloves on,” he said. “I got my eyes on one thing and that’s Floyd Mayweather.”