Dana White recently said he despised Showtime after working with them for the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor boxing match last year.
Now 2018 has rolled around and White is taking meetings at the end of this month and the start of next month with promoters and managers from around the boxing world.
However, he promised recently that he will never work with Showtime again – which could prove to be a conundrum for him if he decides to work with US boxing manager Al Haymon – who has a number of fighters who box on the network.
From Showtime’s perspective, their Head of Sports Stephen Espinoza said he would be willing to work with anyone when asked about Dana White by SiriusXM Boxing Radio:
“I think it would be incredibly arrogant of me to put personal animosities ahead of something that fight fans want. So, if fight fans say we want to see another one, who am I to say no I don’t like the guy across the table so you’re not going to see it? That’s one of the things that’s been wrong with combat sports – boxing in particular in the past.”
“And so look, I don’t have to be best friends with everybody who I do business with. That’s not how business works. Can you come together as gentlemen, as smart people and get a deal done? That’s a real question.”
It will be interesting to see what White’s game plan is in boxing, a totally different business to MMA and the UFC that he runs.