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Floyd Mayweather exhibition bout against UFC fighter collapsed due to COVID-19, Dana White reveals

Dana White has revealed the coronavirus pandemic scuppered plans for match between Floyd Mayweather and a UFC fighter.

In February last year, the UFC president announced a verbal agreement was in place, but COVID-19, and the issues surrounding it, put things on hold indefinitely.

Mayweather and White had been working on a collaboration in 2020

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Mayweather and White had been working on a collaboration in 2020

Throughout the year, White teased a possible collaboration between the two saying there was a constant dialogue.

White was involved when Mayweather fought UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017 and talk of a rematch had been mooted.

There were also loose discussions that suggested the 50-0 boxer could face Russian star Khabib Nurmagomedov in what could be one of the biggest fights in sports history.

Khabib’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, claims a $100million offer was made for ‘The Eagle’ to face Mayweather but he wasn’t prepared to do that until it was in an MMA cage.

Mayweather beat McGregor in 2017 and won his 50th fight

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Mayweather beat McGregor in 2017 and won his 50th fight

He told TMZ: “Listen, we got offered $100m to fight Floyd Mayweather. Dana White was on board, everybody was on board. But, you know, Khabib is an MMA fighter. If Floyd wanted to come to fight [in MMA], get his little ass whooped.”

It looks like any fight organised by White involving the boxing legend is off the cards at this stage.

Speaking to ESPN this week, White said: “The world imploded [due to COVID-19] after we were talking about doing some things together.

“I’m just focused on running my business right now,” he added.

Mayweather, meanwhile, is in line for a big payday in February when he steps into the ring to take on Logan Paul in an exhibition.

“Everyone wants to know about the money for this fight,” Paul said.

“Everyone wants to know what got Floyd to take this fight, was it the money? I’ll say this, you’re way off with your estimates, and you’ll never know.

“I’d probably would have done this fight for free. It’s an iconic opportunity, this is some legacy s***. I’d have done this for free.”

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