White said Saturday at UFC 211’s post-fight press conference that he expects to finalize McGregor’s side of the contract on Sunday, before then turning his sights to negotiating with Mayweather’s side in the hopes of striking a deal.
“We’re right there,” White explained. “I’m expecting an executed agreement tomorrow, and then I’ll start working with Team Mayweather next week.”
While that would seem to be good news for those hoping to see the reigning UFC lightweight champion take on Mayweather in a blockbuster boxing bout, White did not appear overly confident about the next step in the process.
“Look, we’re just getting this deal done with Conor,” White said. “What do you think the Mayweather side is going to be like, and how much time do you think I’m going to spend on this? We’re going to give it a shot.”
White indicated that his level of commitment to getting a deal done with Mayweather’s side “depends on how ridiculous” the boxer’s demands are.
And while a fight between Mayweather and McGregor remains one of the biggest running stories in combat sports, White has suggested numerous times over the past few weeks that he won’t be willing to spend more time than is necessary working on negotiating a deal for Mayweather-McGregor, as it would take away time he could be committing towards UFC-specific goals.
“Yeah [it’s going to be profitable for the UFC], but the question is how profitable,” White said. “You can assume how many buys you’re going to do — there’s no guarantee. Every time you put on a pay-per-view, it’s a roll of the dice. You don’t know what’s going to happen. So, you don’t know. There’s some fights that you do know, and this feels like one of those fights that should do that, but you never know.”