Conor McGregor fighting Floyd Mayweather is the most important news item of our time, a sliver of current events that outshines President Donald Trump’s possible nuclear strike against North Korea, the war in Syria and anything going down in Russia. It consumes us, and in a thousand years, when aliens land and pick through the ruins of a civilization long gone, they’re going to say, “Damn, McGregor versus Mayweather… that shit was dope.”
Unfortunately, some Showtime exec is throwing cold water on the whole thing. As per MMAFighting:
Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President of Showtime Sports, recently spoke with Chris Mannix about the negotiations for the fight and how things are looking on that front and the Showtime executive wasn’t all that optimistic.
“The biggest battle in Mayweather-Pacquiao was both guys really thinking that the other wanted to do it,” said Espinoza. “That part has happened [with McGregor and Mayweather], so I think the real question – and it’s sort of a black box right now – is where’s the UFC really, on this? Do they, in fact, want it? Dana – speaking on behalf of, I assume, the UFC – is making noises that he’s more open to it but talk is talk. I haven’t seen a lot of progress either internally in the deal between the two of them or externally, the deal between that side and this side.
“It’s largely at a standstill. There hasn’t been a ton of progress and I think if they don’t move relatively quickly, people may move on. People may tire of it. But it really is something that needs to happen this year or it probably won’t happen. Floyd’s on 18 months, two solid years come September since he’s fought. He’s still in great shape, but at a certain point, he’s not gonna do it after a while.”