Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have a lot in common. They’re both superstar prizefighters with an interest in trash talk and a love for the finer things in life. One thing the two men do not have in common: A way to sort out the purse for a much hyped (and likely impossible) Mayweather/McGregor superfight.
Mayweather popped by ESPN’s First Take for takes both first and additional on Wednesday. The appearance allowed the retired boxer to provide his own counter offer to McGregor’s $100 million proposal for a bout between the two. As you might suspect, Mayweather’s return volley is not asking the Irishman if he’d be okay with $99.9 million. He also made the claim that this bout was sunk in negotiations the last time it was attempted.
“We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather said. “They know what my number is. My number is a guaranteed $100 million. That was my number.
“We are willing to give him $15 million and then we can talk about splitting the percentage — the back end — on the pay-per-view. But of course, we’re the ‘A side.’ How can a guy talk about making 20 or 30 million if he has never made 8 or 9 million in a fight.”