UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor claimed in an interview on Saturday his next fight will be against Floyd Mayweather.
"Me and Floyd have got to get together and talk the same way him and Manny (Pacquiao) figured it out," McGregor said h/t MMAJunkie.com. "Once we come to a number, once we come to a set number that I'm happy with, that he's happy with, then we go to the customers. Then we go to the promoters, to the buyers, and then we get it done. That's next. We'll figure the situation out then go to the dotted line, but this is happening."
UFC president Dana White offered each fighter $25 million to do the boxing match in the UFC with a complete MMA card built around it. Mayweather laughed it off.
"I'm happy there was an offer made," McGregor said. "We're getting there. We're moving up. First of all, it was like, 'It's going to happen.' Now there's an offer on the table. It's still not there yet. But if Manny and Floyd (made) half a billion, I believe this one, cross sports, never before seen, this is the first billion-dollar fight. People (have) got to pay for a billion-dollar fight.
"I believe I can (make this without the UFC), but I think it's smoother if we're all involved. We're all about good business. I've done great business with the UFC, with Dana, with everyone. I think it's smoother if everyone gets together to get involved, but then again, everyone has got to know their place. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. There's Mayweather Promotions, there's the UFC, and now there's the newly formed McGregor Promotions, and we're all in the mix. Nobody is my boss."
Dana White weighed in on McGregor’s recent comments, suggesting if McGregor tried to start his own promotion that it would be an epic fail.
"I've always shown Conor nothing but respect, and if he wants to go down that road with us, let me tell you, it will be an epic fall," White said. "When you are about to do a pay-per-view that you're charging people $5 to listen, I'm sure you've got to say some pretty crazy (expletive)."