Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza who is the head TV person usually involved in brokering big boxing matches for the network, has found himself at the centre of attention personally this week following Mayweather vs McGregor last year.
It all started when Espinoza said on Twitter that the Mayweather vs McGregor fight did not break the pay per view record, to which McGregor himself jumped in on and told him shut his mouth.
It’s rare you’d see a TV guy like this in the news but McGregor made him a part of the story last year going into his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.
The various weasel memes that ensued have been frequented throughout the boxing sphere. Speaking on SirisusXM Boxing Radio, Espinoza responded by saying:
“That is Conor. That came out of the blue. He was adding onto a chain, it was me and a combat sports writer were talking about this. But you know that’s Conor. He goes at opponents like that, he goes after business people like that, he goes after even referees like that sometimes. That’s him.”
The Mayweather vs McGregor pay per view did 4.4 million buys in the US but Dana White has reported that the event did 6.7 million buys globally in total.
That number has also been disputed by Espinoza with a clear tension formed ahead of White’s expected venture into boxing promotion this year.
You’d imagine if a big fight is there to be made – they’ll put aside their differences rather quickly though.