Floyd Mayweather has today revealed that he and his camp submitted an offer to McGregor's people in order to make the most talked about hypothetical fight in recent history a reality.
While we've heard bickering and back-and-forths through the likes of TMZ, nobody has actually come out and discussed the financials, which are seemingly the only stumbling block between the fight actually happening and it being rubbished as a hypothetical discussion.
That is why we were surprised to see Mayweather openly an offer he claims to have made to the McGregor camp to get the fight in motion on ESPN's 'First Take' with Stephen A. Smith. Also clear is why Conor did not accept it.
While Floyd's magic number, the only amount he is willing to accept for this fight to take place, is a guaranteed $100 million, he offered McGregor $15m as his fight purse, before potentially splitting the PPV sales and whatnot.
We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight.
They know what my number is, my number was a guaranteed 100 million, that was my number. We're the 'A' side, and I don't really know how much money he has made, I'm pretty sure he has not made 10 million in an MMA bout, but we are willing to give him 15 million, and then we can talk about splitting the percentage in the back end on PPV.
But of course, we're the 'A' side. How can a guy talk about 20 or 30 million, if he's never even made 8 or 9 million?
I'm saying right here on this show, Conor McGregor keep telling everybody he wants the fight. Let's make it happen.
And we're back to square one.
Mayweather claims to not know how much McGregor has made for an MMA bout, but he seems very confident that it's less than 8 or 9 million?
Also, while in a boxing arena Mayweather would be the 'A' side, basically meaning the fighter with more power, or leverage going into the bout, surely he knows that McGregor is not going to accept making 15 million when Floyd earns 100 million.
It's just not going to happen.
If a football club wants to sign a new player and submits a bid that they know the other club will not accept, technically they can say they tried to sign the player. It doesn't mean it was close at all.
But we do know that Floyd's number is a modest 100 million guaranteed, so either Conor has to accept that he will be earning far less than the man who he is accommodating by agreeing to exclusively box, or there will have to be a much improved 'B' side offer for the Irishman to consider.