The UFC President Dana White seems to be getting impatient when it comes to finalizing the possible McGregor-Mayweather fight. On Wednesday, White said he was planning on walking away from the fight if negotiations continued to take too long. Specifically, he’s decided that things with McGregor’s team need to be squared away by Sunday or the fight just isn’t happening.
“I plan on having this thing locked up by this Sunday and then moving on to Team Mayweather and start to negotiate with them,” White said. “If we really do get it done in that time frame, then this thing could possibly happen. Again, I still have to go negotiate with them. There’s no guarantee that we’re going to come to a deal.”
Recently, the UFC has faced some blunders with the cancellation of the George St-Pierre comeback fight or Anderson Silva pulling out of UFC 212 after calling out White for not following through on the promise of a fight between Silva and St-Pierre. These screw-ups could be a result of White’s attention being divided between running the UFC and trying to work out the details of a mega fight that would involve working with those outside of his sport.
Even with this sudden urgency, White proved that there was potential for the fight still.
“I think they are pretty good,” he said. “Hopefully Monday I’m going to sit down and negotiate with Team Mayweather. I just can’t keep messing with this thing, I have to run my business and I have to focus on all the other things that are going on around here.”
It’s understandable that he’d want to refocus all his attention on UFC business alone, but it’s also interesting that White has shown such indifference, if not disdain, for an event that would bring in more revenue than the combination of all the year’s paper-view events.
Hopefully things with McGregor will start rolling into motion soon, so there will be an actual fight against Mayweather and there will be more to hear about what’s happening in the cage than just what disputes are taking place outside of it.
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