After Dana White relayed this past weekend that Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin have taken the date planned for Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr., a lot of folks concluded the all-star bout’s getting close to be finalized. But, in a more recent interview, White’s reporting that’s not the case.
After Alvarez worked his way to a decision win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., it was announced he’ll take on his fellow boxing star Golovkin, on September 16th. White then proceeded to say that the fight had taken the date he and all the associated parties had mapped out for McGregor – Mayweather. If they had a date picked out, then talks must be progressing right?
“The reason they got my date is because I couldn’t get the deal done on time. They got the date. Listen, the fights move on, we don’t wait for anybody. If the fights are gonna keep rolling, I didn’t get the deal done fast enough so I lose the date. That’s how it works.”
“No, no, I’m not hinting that it’s getting close at all,” White added. “I knew that this thing was going to be a nightmare to get done … if it can even be done. So yeah, we’ll find out. Obviously, both guys want to fight each other. But, what’s the deal? Can the deal be done? That’s the question.”
So, looks like many of us were off base here. Although, there’s no question that in recent weeks the long rumored fight has gone from one that was ‘never gonna happen’, to a bout where it has to be made, due to the cash on the table. This change, of course, is largely due to the fact that White and the UFC are involved in the talks. If they weren’t, or they walk away, then negotiations are really going to stall.