Sports White: Mayweather fight doesn't hurt UFC, it 'elevates' McGregor

21:39  15 june  2017
21:39  15 june  2017 Source:   thescore.com

Report: White not involved as UFC begins talks with Mayweather camp

  Report: White not involved as UFC begins talks with Mayweather camp Report: White not involved as UFC begins talks with Mayweather campUFC president Dana White is not involved in the promotion's talks with Mayweather's representation, Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times reports, citing a source.

Whatever happens to Conor McGregor in his boxing debut, Dana White doesn ' t see his reputation getting besmirched. Shortly after McGregor 's August blockbuster boxing match with Floyd Mayweather was confirmed Wednesday, the UFC president joined a conference call to shoot down

Whatever happens to Conor McGregor in his boxing debut, Dana White doesn ' t see his reputation getting besmirched. Shortly after McGregor 's August blockbuster boxing match with Floyd Mayweather was confirmed Wednesday, the UFC president joined a conference call to shoot down

Whatever happens to Conor McGregor in his boxing debut, Dana White doesn't see his reputation getting besmirched.

  White: Mayweather fight doesn't hurt UFC, it 'elevates' McGregor © Ron Chenoy / USA TODAY Sports

Shortly after McGregor's August blockbuster boxing match with Floyd Mayweather was confirmed Wednesday, the UFC president joined a conference call to shoot down speculation on whether a loss to the pugilist would hurt the promotion or the Irishman's legacy. The way White sees it, McGregor should be commended - not questioned - for daring to share a ring with the decorated, undefeated Mayweather.

"Absolutely not," White said when asked if a big loss would negatively affect McGregor and the UFC, according to MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew. "At the end of the day, these two guys wanted this fight, the fans wanted this fight, and Conor is a mixed martial artist going into a boxing match with arguably the greatest boxer of all time. I don’t think it damages the brand or Conor McGregor at all, I think it actually elevates Conor McGregor.

White refutes report he's out of Mayweather-McGregor negotiations

  White refutes report he's out of Mayweather-McGregor negotiations Don't remove Dana White from the Mayweather-McGregor equation just yet. The UFC president is denying a report from the Los Angeles Times that stated he is no longer involved in negotiations for a boxing bout between Floyd Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. "Let me tell you what, when the LA Times - we live in a world right now where you can't believe anything that you read," White told TMZ Sports. "WhoThe UFC president is denying a report from the Los Angeles Times that stated he is no longer involved in negotiations for a boxing bout between Floyd Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.

White argues that McGregor even taking this fight is a huge reason why Mayweather doesn ' t hurt him or the UFC : Dana White : I’m running Mayweather - McGregor negotiations UFC losing to Floyd Mayweather doesn ' t hurt him or the UFC I think it actually elevates Conor McGregor .”

Conor McGregor has been gunning for a fight with Floyd Mayweather and now he’s finally got his Does it hurt McGregor ’s status as one of the top fighters in the world? Does it damage the UFC to I think it actually elevates Conor McGregor .” White argues that McGregor even taking this fight is a

"The fact that this kid who has so much to lose is willing to step in and is absolutely confident that he will win this fight, I think is one of the many reasons that people love Conor McGregor and win, lose or draw it will be one of the reasons that people continue to love Conor McGregor."

The matchup has garnered no shortage of detractors, given the UFC champ's glaring lack of experience in the ring, but while White was quick to acknowledge McGregor will be wading into deep waters on Aug. 26, he also salivated at the matchup's stylistic intrigue.

"Listen, is he at the level of a Floyd Mayweather as far as boxing standards go? No, but the kid, first of all, is a southpaw and people can argue one way or the other but Floyd, traditionally, if you want to say there’s ever been a kink in the armor with that kid, it’s with southpaws. And Conor McGregor is an absolute knockout artist. When he hits you, you go. So it’s part of the fun of this fight, is Conor McGregor, in a 12-round fight, gonna be able to touch Floyd Mayweather?"

McGregor will lock horns with Mayweather at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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