Boxing: Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather WILL Happen - UFC president

Gareth A Davies

UFC president Dana White believes the Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather fight will eventually happen due to its huge financial potential, but added that it will be a battle of egos to get the fight signed. 

It is estimated that the event could generate an estimated $500 million through gate sales, sponsorship, and pay-per-view revenue. During an appearance on Conan on Wednesday night, White was asked if he believes McGregor and Mayweather will eventually square off.

"I do think it's going to happen," White said. "I think it's going to be a tough deal because, obviously, there are a lot of egos involved in this deal and a lot of people, so that always make it tougher.

Floyd Mayweather is full of confidenceCredit: AP

"[But] on the flip side, there's so much money involved, I just don't see how it doesn't happen."

If the fight does go ahead, undefeated Mayweather (49-0-26KO) would enter as prohibitive favourite but White rejects the idea it would be a complete mismatch.

"A lot of things make this fight intriguing," White said. "Conor McGregor is huge. He is 27 years old. He's in the prime of his career. Floyd is 40.

Conor McGregor isn't shyCredit: AP

"Floyd has always had problems with southpaws; Conor is a southpaw, and Conor hits hard. When he hits people, they go. Floyd is definitely not knocking him out. That's for sure.

"I'm not saying Conor would win this boxing match, but it sure makes it interesting."

McGregor would need to get a boxing licence in Nevada, the television deal would need to be set - Mayweather has fought on both Showtime and HBO in his career - while the Irishman plies his trade on Fox Sports, who are into the fifth year of a seven-year deal with the UFC.

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