How Conor McGregor has made Dana White ‘almost feel’ forced to allow Floyd Mayweather fight

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UFC President Dana White has come a long way in a short time on the idea of a boxing match between and .

After all, it was just two months ago that White promised an  (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) if he were to dig in against the UFC and keep pushing for a Mayweather showdown. That outlook has changed, though, as White acknowledged last month that the fight is simply .

Today during an interview on “The Herd,” White explained another reason why he’s come around on the fantasy fight becoming a reality: McGregor himself. As White tells it, he’s so grateful for his lightweight champion stepping up to save multiple UFC cards in the past, he feels like there’s no way he could deny McGregor of the biggest payday of his life.

“This kid steps up. He’ll fight anybody, anywhere, anytime. A lot of people say it; very few really mean it. Conor McGregor, I call him the unicorn. I’ve never dealt with a kid like this,” White said. “So for him to have this kind of opportunity, to make this kind of money, this type of a fight that people are so interested in worldwide, I almost feel like I have to make it.”

A deal still needs to be made, of course, but at this point, with the UFC on board, it seems all that’s needed is for McGregor and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) to settle the financial details.

White is on board.

“It’s a fight that people do want to see. It’s intriguing, and obviously it’s a fight that Conor wants because financially it’s going to be massive for him. McGregor, he’s a guy that I have a lot of respect for,” White said.

“This guy has stepped up at times when people were at his level would never step up. I’ve said this a million times, and I’ll say it again — I’m the guy standing in the living room, I’m the guy on the phone when these guys are looking down the barrel of a new opponent a week before the fight, and Conor McGregor doesn’t flinch.”

Even if McGregor loses to Mayweather, which is expected by most people, doesn’t it already feel like he’s won?

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