Dana White has recently indicated an interest in doing a deal to have Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather fight in the UFC, but he’s now made it clear he has no intention of entertaining talk of ‘The Notorious’ fighting another boxing legend, Manny Pacquiao.
“If McGregor will fight me in boxing, why not?” Pacquiao said just a few days ago. “But not in MMA. MMA is much different than boxing.
“The fight can be at the 140-pound weight division. My normal weight when I’m not on training is just 141 or 142 pounds.”
Pacquiao’s manager Bob Arum then indicated that he’d get in touch with the UFC to see if they’d be interested in the bout, but Dana White has moved quickly to pour cold water on the idea, while indicating it’s not due to a lack of interest in the fight itself.
“Listen, I love Manny Pacquiao, but I don’t love Bob Arum,” White told Yahoo! Sports. “You can tell Arum to save his money and not make any calls over here because we aren’t doing business with him.”
White and Arum have been long-time enemies, with Arum often taking pot-shots at MMA over the years, while White has never been shy to let people know just how much he despises the veteran boxing promoter.
It’s worth noting that just last week Arum told TMZ Sports that talk of a McGregor Vs Mayweather fight was “nonsense” and that White was just “playing a game” by making the boxer a $25 million offer.
A few days later, Arum’s attempts to get a seat at the playing table appear to have failed.