Dana White admits talks with Floyd Mayweather over lucrative exhibition bout against a UFC fighter collapsed due to COVID-19

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Dana White has admitted the coronavirus pandemic scuppered plans to stage a fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2020.

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

Floyd Mayweather and Dana White had been working on a collaboration in 2020Getty - Contributor

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 back 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 fightGetty Images - Getty

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 Dana White involving Floyd Mayweather 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.

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