UFC president Dana White says work remains in finalizing a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and MMA star Conor McGregor, but the payoff would be worth the effort.
White, speaking Wednesday to Colin Cowherd on FS1's "The Herd," projected potential paydays in nine figures for Mayweather and an unprecedented eight figures for McGregor.
"It depends on how much the fight sells," White said when asked about purses. "If the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of $100 (million) and Conor makes $75 (million).
And while the mega-bout appears to be coming closer, White cautioned that there's negotiating to be done, particularly with Mayweather's team.
"The Conor side — we're good on the Conor side," White said, estimating that it would take only a couple more days to finalize a deal with McGregor.
But, he continued, once he has an agreement with McGregor, then he would have "to lock myself in a room with Team Mayweather."
"I need to figure out the Mayweather side, and maybe it can't be," White said. "Maybe the Mayweather side can't be done. We'll see. I promised Conor I'd do everything I could to make this fight happen, so that's what I'm going to do."
Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) made a guaranteed $100 million in 2015 for his fight against Manny Pacquiao. McGregor's biggest disclosed payday pales in comparison, though it ranks as the richest in MMA history, according to ESPN.com: $3 million for his welterweight rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August (excluding bonuses and shared pay-per-view revenue).
Dana White's entire interview on "The Herd":