As negotiations between the UFC and Floyd Mayweather get underway, there’s little doubt any more that a fight between the #1 pound for pound boxer and Conor McGregor will come together. When is less clear, as Mayweather has a reputation for being difficult to negotiate with and this is a fight with a lot of moving parts. But following the big Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin boxing bout ‘stealing’ UFC president Dana White’s original September 16th date, it sounds like Mayweather-McGregor is now calling dibs on November and letting the competition know.
Mexican promoter Fernando Beltran revealed that when discussing his own big boxing fight later this year between his man Juan Manuel Marquez and Miguel Cotto.
“It’s not a secret that we want to do that fight [between Marquez and Cotto] for this year and it could be for December,” he told ESPN Desportes (via BoxingScene). “They’re talking about Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor for the month of November.”
As of now, the UFC and Conor McGregor have come to terms on a deal to move forward on the fight. Now, Dana White is set to work with Floyd Mayweather’s team to lock down final terms. That could be easy or hard depending on how reasonable Floyd is willing to be. White has already granted Mayweather the ‘A side’ of the deal, meaning a bigger percentage of the overall purses. But if Floyd wants more than a 60 / 40 split, the whole thing could fall apart.
Floyd is still talking positively about the fight to the media, though, so it doesn’t sound like we’ve reached an impasse just yet. And according to his uncle Jeff Mayweather, he’s started training for the potential bout. So has McGregor, who sent this message through social media:
But with more and more big boxing fights coming together, the UFC and Mayweather better not dawdle, or they could find themselves pushed out of a second date pretty quick.