50 Cent Was Responsible For Floyd Mayweather Vs. Conor McGregor
Dana White has revealed that superstar rapper 50 Cent was responsible for Conor McGregor's mega-money showdown with Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather fought McGregor in August 2017 in a bout billed as 'The Money Fight' and it has now emerged that the clash came to fruition through the help of 50 Cent.
White's chance meeting with the American musician got the ball rolling on the lucrative cross over match-up.
The UFC president admits that he never thought he'd pair McGregor with Mayweather, but then the demand for it became so huge that he had to book the blockbuster contest.
"I felt the demand for McGregor vs Mayweather, felt it, I knew it would be big, so we started talking," White said. "I bumped into 50 Cent in New York, and he said, 'Floyd wants to fight your boy.' I said, 'My boy who?'
"He's like, 'The Irish kid.' And I'm like, 'He'll kill him,' because I'm thinking MMA. He said, 'We'll box him.' I said, 'You guys are crazy.' He said, 'He's serious. I'll call him right now.' And then that's how it all really got started. And then everywhere I went, it was all anybody asked me about.
"Then once I started to really feel it, that's when I started to take it serious, and I made an offer."
Mayweather went onto stop McGregor in the seventh round to record his 50th professional victory and subsequently called time on his career.
But he has since announced his comeback after striking a deal with White, whose explained the link up.
"We both started talking," he said. "The easiest way to explain it to you is Floyd and I both feel that we add value to each other, and we're going to figure something out.
"Some things have to play out, and then I'm going to start talking to [Mayweather's advisor Al] Haymon maybe this summer and then I'll have something for Floyd in the fall. We can do some crossover stuff here, or we can do something in boxing."