March 16, 2017 / 3:41 AM / 8 months ago

UFC boss White says won't block Mayweather-McGregor fight

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - UFC President Dana White will not stand in lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s way if the Irishman agrees terms to a much-hyped crossover bout with boxer Floyd Mayweather.

Nov 12, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Conor McGregor (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Eddie Alvarez (red gloves) in their lightweight title bout during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

Mayweather, a former five-division boxing champion who retired undefeated at 49-0 in 2015, has said he was coming out of retirement to take on mixed martial arts fighter McGregor, who has been challenging the American for months.

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense for my business, but I would never keep Conor from making that kind of money,” White said in a video interview posted on entertainment news website TMZ.

“He obviously has a lot of opportunities right now. Tony Ferguson is out there, the Floyd Mayweather thing is out there, we’ll see how this thing plays out.”

Mayweather has asked for a guaranteed $100 million to make the fight happen, with $15 million going to McGregor, while White has talked of $25 million to each plus pay-per-view money.

The pair will also have to agree to a format which Mayweather insisted would be straight boxing when interviewed by British media over the weekend.

Writing by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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