It seems like the Mayweather vs. McGregor talk has calmed down, for now. One group in the know are Showtime Sports and they had some interesting revelations.
Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza came out publicly before and talked down rumours of the potential super fight. It looks like he has changed his tune with the fight being inevitable at this point.
Conor McGregor recently came to terms with Dana White and the UFC with an agreement for the fight. Now, the tables are turned to the Mayweather camp to follow suit.
“The reality is it took a long time for the UFC and Conor to reach an agreement to allow Conor to participate. Now the real negotiations start, which is the Floyd side versus the Conor (and) UFC side. If that drags on, then you’re probably looking at late this year. If it really drags on, then you’re looking at early next year.”
Dana White recently admitted that the Canelo vs. GGG boxing match took their date for the super fight. That date was September 16th, a notable Mexican holiday. Espinoza is not convinced that that date, or any other commercial factor will affect the date of Mayweather vs. McGregor.
“The Mexican holiday has a been a date that Floyd really elevated, but it’s not a date that Floyd needs to make (his fights) bigger. That fight will make the date, not the date making the fight. This one is gonna be huge no matter what date it’s on, so really, it’s a function of what works for Floyd in the business negotiation and his preparation.”
Espinoza has worked with Floyd Mayweather for years promoting his fights. In his opinion, Floyd is keen to reach an agreement soon, which could signal for the fight to happen this year.
“If people are as motivated as they seem to be – I know how badly Floyd wants it – if we get this wrapped up pretty quickly, we could be seeing it early fall. That’s the goal, that’s what we’ve heard from Floyd. Now it’s just getting in a room and seeing if people will be reasonable on the deal that they’re looking for.”
So there you have it. The ball’s in Mayweather’s court and if all goes well we could be seeing it sooner rather than later, possibly in the fall. Let’s hope that’s the truth so we can put these rumours to bed one and for all!