UFC set deadline for McGregor v Mayweather talks

UFC president Dana White has set a deadline for the discussions between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, or he’ll walk away from the negotiating table.

White has stated for weeks that he is doing everything in his power to match McGregor with Mayweather, which could potentially see the UFC lightweight champion bank more than $75million.

McGregor became a father for the first time last weekend and White now plans on speaking with the Irish this weekend to hammer out a deal.

White will then move onto talks with Mayweather’s camp next week, in the hope of finally finding a resolution to weeks of back and forth claims.

“I plan on having this thing locked up by this Sunday and then moving on to Team Mayweather and starting a negotiation with them. If we really do get it done in that time frame, then this thing could possibly happen,” White said.

“But again, I still need to go negotiate with [Floyd Mayweather’s team]. There’s no guarantee that we’re going to come to a deal.”

The sticking point of the fight has always been the finances, with both McGregor and Mayweather demanding a huge purse for the encounter to take place.

“I just can’t keep messing with this thing,” added White.

“I need to run my business and I have to focus on all the other things that are going on around here.”