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article imageDana White getting in the way of proposed Pacquiao-McGregor fight

By Leo Reyes     Jan 24, 2017 in Sports
WBO welterweight champion and incumbent Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao is willing to face Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) superstar Conor McGregor provided the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion agrees to face him in a boxing match and not in MMA fight.
McGregor, who is the current top attraction in MMA has recently called out former Pacquiao foe Floyd Mayweather through UFC President Dana White to face him in MMA fight for a guaranteed price of $25 million or $10 million more than what Mayweather was proposing to McGregor.
"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," said Mayweather, who insists that his guaranteed price is $100 million.
White, who claims that he is the only one who can negotiate on behalf of McGregor, said Mayweather shouldn't be demanding so much because his pay-per-view numbers had been on a downswing citing his last PPV fight against Andre Berto which garnered only 400,000 buys compared to McGregor's latest PPV buys at 1.3 million.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao has clarified that his interest in facing McGregor is limited to a boxing match and if the 28-year-old Irish fighter will agree, he would be ready to face him
“If McGregor will fight me in boxing, why not? But not in MMA. MMA is much different than boxing.” said Pacquiao, who is awaiting Bob Arum's official announcement about his next fight.
But Pacquiao did not say how the fight can be arranged with McGregor as he probably knows that his promoter isn't in good terms with White, who says he isn't keen of doing business with Arum.
“Listen, I love Manny Pacquiao,” White said. “But I don’t love Bob Arum. You can tell Arum to save his money and not make any calls over here because we aren’t doing business with him.”
Earlier Arum said he instructed a Top Rank official will to discuss the possibility of a Pacquiao-McGregor fight after learning about Pacquiao's willingness to face McGregor in a boxing match.
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