UFC president Dana White appears to think that the sky is the limit for pay-per-view buys when it comes to August 26th’s boxing mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor.
Mayweather already holds the PPV record of 4.6 million buys for his long awaited fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2015.
However, when asked by TSN whether White believed the upcoming fight in Las Vegas would do over and or under 4.99 million buys, he didn’t hesitate.
“I’ll take the over on that,” White replied.
One of the keys to reaching those kind of numbers will be to convince people that McGregor really does have a chance in the squared circle against one of the greatest boxers of all-time, and White is already doing his part to build that hype.
“Floyd Mayweather’s going to fight at 154 pounds against a monster,” White said. “Conor McGregor is huge. I don’t think people are really going to realize, you know, all this talk about, all the guys saying ‘Floyd’s going to destroy him, Floyd’s going to destroy him.’ Wait until they meet face to face for the first time and square off, and people see the difference in the size between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.”
Regardless of what size he is, the biggest challenge for McGregor will be actually laying gloves on Mayweather, who is known for his world class defensive skills, but White feels ‘The Notorious’ will have his moments in the fight.
“I don’t see Floyd Mayweather as this indestructible, undefeatable guy,” White claimed. “Is he slick? Can he try to stay away from Conor? Can he move? Can he roll with the punches? Can he do all that? Absolutely. But in a 12 round fight, Conor McGregor will at least hit him a couple of times.”