It has been almost three weeks now since reports first claimed that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor were "on the verge" of agreeing to what would be an unlikely fight.
Since then, McGregor has alluded to the 'mega-fight' with social media posts but, unlike his boxing counterpart, hasn't spoken at length about the speculation.
That changed on Sunday, however, when an interview with ESPN was broadcast and, inevitably, the subject of stepping foot in the ring with the 49-0 fighter came up. The UFC superstar didn't exactly rule out the possibility but did make clear that Mayweather "needs him" more than he needs the boxing great - reeling off five reasons why in the process.
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"He's getting old now. I have the size, I have the reach, I have the height, I have the youth," explained The Notorious One. "He needs me. I don't need him."
"Who else can he fight? He fights someone else in the boxing realm and all of a sudden the pay goes from $100m to $15m. So, he needs me. If he wants to talk, we can talk, but it's me who's in control here."
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McGregor, who is also currently in discussions about a return to the UFC octagon, didn't appear concerned about going up against the recently retired boxer in a fight that ruled out Mixed Martial Arts altogether, insisting "he (Mayweather) can make the all the rules he wants."
What does seem to bother the 27-year-old, however, is the rumours about the potential purse for any such fight:
"He said he gets $100m, I get $7m," said McGregor. "That's a pay cut to me, I don't take pay cuts. I thought boxing was where the money was at.
"The $7m is absolutely laughable. If he's talking $100m I'm also talking $100m. I'm 27 years of age and I'm just about halfway through a $100m contract."
Speaking about the rumoured bout recently, Mayweather had said that he would be the A side of any fight against McGregor and, therefore, would get the majority of the purse. Considering that was the case for the majority of the 39-year-old's career, that demand isn't too big of a surprise.
Clearly, though, McGregor wants to at least match the potential pay day that would be coming Mayweather's way. That could be a major stumbling block in what would already be incredibly unorthodox negotiations.
Although the fight has the potential to break pay-per-view records were it ever to happen, handing out $200 million to the two fighters would be unprecedented.
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