Dana White threw cold water on any hope of a boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather on Monday. McGregor recently obtained a boxing license in California, but that doesn’t mean a fight with Mayweather is on the horizon. White all but ended any speculation on the matter when he told Yahoo! Sports, “It ain’t happening.”
Obviously McGregor is under contract to the UFC and would need the company’s blessing to fight anywhere else. White and WME/IMG aren’t going to allow their organization’s poster child to fight somewhere else for any amount of money. McGregor is the golden goose of mixed martial arts right now, boxing Floyd Mayweather would be bad for the sport.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said the same thing when asked about a potential fight:
“This is the bottom line, and that is that Conor McGregor is under contract with the UFC, period, point blank, and he can’t do anything on his own without the approval of Dana White and the brass at WME/IMG. They’re not going to let him do anything like this. The fact is, they didn’t invest $4.2 billion into that company to have the face of their brand (destroyed).”
This whole thing is nothing but a publicity stunt for boy Mayweather and McGregor. They’re jawing at each other in the press to keep themselves relevant and for a bit of fun. Both guys know the fight will never happen, but it doesn’t hurt them at all for us to be speculating about it.
Mayweather may eventually return to boxing but when he does, McGregor won’t be his opponent.