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Dana White sets deadline to negotiate Mayweather-McGregor deal

Dana White says he’ll have to wrap up a deal with Conor McGregor by Sunday if he’s going to move forward with Mayweather negotiations.

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UFC President Dana White says he’s looking to quickly move things along in the much talked about Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight. ESPN reports that White is setting a deadline of this Sunday to strike a deal with his fighter before hoping to begin negotiations with Mayweather’s team on Monday.

"I plan on having this thing locked up by this Sunday and then moving on to Team Mayweather and starting a negotiation with them," White said Thursday on Jim Rome's radio show. "If we really do get it done in that time frame, then this thing could possibly happen.

"But again, I still need to go negotiate with [Mayweather's team]. There's no guarantee that we're going to come to a deal."

Part of this seems like a rather odd announcement considering that a month ago White implied that he and McGregor had already reached an agreement for the split on their side of the table - but apparently there are still some kinks to be worked out.

White also continued by saying that he set this deadline with McGregor because he has to tend to his UFC business and can’t allow this situation to keep dragging out.

And as for a potential fight date, the UFC president was recently quoted as saying that the targeted September landing spot for Mayweather-McGregor was just usurped by the announcement of Canelo-Golovkin, who beat them to it.

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