Up to this point UFC President Dana White has been heavily involved in negotiations to put together a boxing megafight between MMA superstar Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr, but it appears that is no longer the case.
A source close to the negotiations has informed the L.A. Times that UFC owners WME-IMG have now began talks with Mayweather’s management, but that White is not involved.
White had previously appeared to strike a deal with McGregor’s team and had stated publicly that he was now going to be conducting negotiations with Mayweather’s manager Al Haymon, so there’s clearly been a change of plans since then for reasons that are unclear.
Now it appears that staff within WME-IMG will now take the reigns in the negotiations, and it has been reported that they are still aiming to strike a deal to have the fight take place by “early fall.”
That would put the potential pay-per-view blockbuster in the same orbit as another massive boxing match on PPV between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, which is already scheduled to take place on September 16th in Las Vegas.
Another interesting fact that emerged from the L.A. Times story is that McGregor has “at least” four more fights remaining on his UFC contract.