Floyd Mayweather has offered Conor McGregor a guaranteed $15 million to fight him.
McGregor obtained a boxing licence before Christmas in California increasing speculation that the much mooted bout was a step closer to reality.
The boxer told ESPN: “We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight. They know what my number is.”
“My number was a guaranteed $100 million, that was my number. We’re the ‘A’ side and I don’t really know how much money Conor McGregor has made. I’m pretty sure he hasn’t even made $10 million in a MMA bout.
“We are willing to give him $15 million and then we can talk about splitting the percentage, the back end percentage on pay-per-view but of course, we’re the ‘A’ side.
"How can a guy talk about $20 or $30 million if he’s never made $8 or $9 million?”
“I’m saying right here on this show, Conor McGregor keeps telling everybody he wants the fight, let’s make it happen.”
“Only thing that I’m probably interested in is the Conor McGregor fight.”
“I’m a businessman and it makes the most business sense, I think.”
McGregor responded to Mayweather’s ESPN interview with a dig aimed at the mother of Mayweather’s children.
The photo captioned: "Call me C.J Watson!" is likely to provoke anger from Mayweather.
It was a reference to NBA player C.J. Watson, who reportedly had an affair with Josie Harris, the mother of Mayweather’s children.
In 2011, Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to battery domestic violence. He was accused of attacking Josie Harris, his ex-girlfriend and mother of three of his children, at her home in Las Vegas.
Mayweather has been arrested on seven occasions for assault against five women.