Recently it was reported that Dana White is no longer part of the ongoing talks to make Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather a reality, but the UFC President has shot down the story.
The L.A. Times was recently told by an “official” that White had dropped out of the talks, and that WME-IMG brass was negotiating the bout. But, when TMZ caught up with White and asked him about the report, he had this to say (quote via MMA Mania)
“Let me tell you, when the L.A. Times, we live in a world right now where you can’t believe anything that you read. The L.A. Times is putting out that, who else would be running the Mayweather, McGregor deal than me? Who?”
“What does WME know about making big fights? I’ve had a couple of back-to-back days with bad ‘legitimate’ news stories with the Las Vegas review Journal and now the L.A. Times. Trust me, I’m running the Mayweather, McGregor deal. I’m the only one in on it.”
Alrighty. Now, who is negotiating the deal aside, the talks are underway, and at this point, it would be more surprising if the bout didn’t happen, then if it did. McGregor has already come to terms on his side of the deal, and White recently said he believes there’s 75% chance of the fight taking place. That’s quite the reversal from a few months ago, when the UFC President said there was a better chance of him suiting up for the Patriots, then McGregor boxing Mayweather…
The expectation currently is that if the all-star, boxing match gets signed, it will take place in early fall, in Las Vegas.