UFC honcho Dana White has announced that he has gotten his due, so he no longer stands in the way, in any contractual sort of sense, of a mega-fight between his marquee star Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.

The next stage will involve White negotiating with the Mayweather camp.

When the talk started flying last year about McGregor’s desire to jump codes to regular boxing, it was widely viewed that Mayweather was not interested in the match in any way, shape or form.

As the financial stakes gradually escalated, Mayweather backed off from outright rejection of the notion to a position that if he could be sufficiently financially incentivised, he was in a listening mode.

Speaking to TNT, White said, “The McGregor side is done, I’m starting to work on the Mayweather side now. I’m not saying the fight will happen, but I got one side done, now it’s time to work on the other. If we can come to a deal with [Al] Haymon and [Floyd] Mayweather, the fight’s going to happen.”

McGregor, normally a man a few words, wasted no time in getting into the act. Well, McGregor is never at a loss for words, but space limitations rule out inserting his comments here.

There are so many sides involved in the negotiations, each wanting its share of the pie, that it makes the gridlock that seems to be part and parcel of the day-to-day squabbling of the government seem picayune by comparison.