UFC President Dana White has been attempting to strike a deal for boxing fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. for some time now, and judging by his latest comments it seems his patience may be starting to wear thin.
Not so long ago, White had claimed that he couldn’t see how the fight wouldn’t happen, but with negotiations starting to drag on indefinitely and a potential fight date in September now having been ruled out, he doesn’t seem quite as certain as he was before.
“It’s not getting close at all,” White told Colin Cowherd on FOX Sports 1’s ‘The Herd’ show. “I knew that this thing was gonna be a nightmare to get done, if it can even be done. We’ll find out. Obviously, both guys want to fight each other, but what’s the deal? Can the deal be done? That’s the question.”
White then warned that it’s only a matter of time before he grows tired of both fighters demands and opts to walk away from the negotiating table.
“It’s not even Mayweather. It’s not Mayweather. It’s definitely both sides of this thing that are gonna be hard to get done. And absolutely, there’s gonna come a point where I’m done. This isn’t what I do. This isn’t my business, and I’m definitely gonna walk away.”
The fight would undoubtedly be one of the biggest of all-time in combat sports history and a huge money-spinner for all involved, but White claims he wouldn’t be phased if doesn’t happen.
“Listen, if it doesn’t work for me personally… I have no… either way, it doesn’t matter to me. I know that these two guys want to fight. I’ve said many times I respect Conor and I’d like to do this fight for him, but it’s got to be the right deal. We have to get the right deal done, or it’s not going to happen, because at the end of the day, this isn’t what I do, the UFC is what I do, and I should be focusing on that, and not a boxing match that… obviously, a lot of people want to see it, there’s a lot of interest in it, but it’s not really what I do.”
Check out White’s full interview with Cowherd below.