When Floyd Mayweather boxed Conor McGregor earlier this year, it was one of the biggest, most lucrative fights in the history of combat sports. So naturally, rumors and discussions of a rematch have been swirling ever since. But according to Showtime Sports Executive Stephen Espinoza, we can probably put those rumors to bed now.
Speaking recently with TMZ Sports, Espinoza said that he hasn’t heard anything from Mayweather about re-unretiring for another fight with McGregor and that he doubts a rematch between the two ever materializes.
“I don’t think so,” said Espinoza. “Floyd seems pretty happy retired. I don’t think we’ll see him in the ring again, and it seems like the UFC really wants McGregor back in the cage. I doubt [it]. It’s Floyd’s call at some point, but I haven’t heard anything from him that makes it seem like he’s thinking about McGregor or anything else.”
Espinoza was asked to comment on the possibility because rumors have started anew after TMZ reported that people close to Mayweather say he’s considering a 51st fight. If he does, McGregor would surely jump to the front of the list as the UFC lightweight champion wants a rematch and Mayweather reportedly made over $300 million dollars for their first fight, a number even Espinoza admits could be tough to walk away from.
“It is [tough to walk away from another $300 million] but at a certain point, 20 years in the sport, 22 years in the sport, at a certain point he’s given enough to the sport, so I don’t begrudge him wanting to retire.”
But enough money on the table has a way of making the unlikely become the inevitable. When the idea of a Mayweather-McGregor superfight was first tossed out, few people paid it any attention, but the economic drivers involved eventually made the impossible happen. It’s not crazy to think another relatively easy $300 million dollar payday would be enough to sway Mayweather back for one more go, and if he does, Espinoza and Showtime Sports are ready to make a pile of cash off of that one too.
“If there’s a demand for it, and people want to see it, then sure we’ll get behind the business.”
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Conor had some other fight rumors running amok yesterday and here’s his response.
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Chris Wade went off on Twitter yesterday.
explain to me how some of these slap lightweights continue to get fights and chances without winning. How does this sport exactly work bc I️m honestly confused. Haven’t come across one person who could even make me bleed yet in a pro fight but somehow unworthy 5-2-> @ufc— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) November 28, 2017
Explain to me how I️ have more wins, more finishes, more first round finishes, less losses (dec. to Russians who are undefeated since) than people who keep getting work. Take short notice, always make weight. WWWWW-LL UFC< @seanshelby @danawhite pic.twitter.com/oFNRtJXohR— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) November 28, 2017
I️m fucking tired of it always made weight, took short notice fights, went to everything they asked of me for any appearance, .715 win percentage, just under 50 percent first round finishes of my UFC wins. Never even been dropped and I️m not good enough!? @ufc @seanshelby— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) November 28, 2017
Just looked at an upcoming card not gonna blow the guy up but 3-2 UFC record 3 decision wins LoL. No win streaks. Booked to brawl! There is no consistency to any of this shit I️ would mop majority of the roster. #ufc— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) November 28, 2017
That’s why this shit isn’t a sport: Analogy: Ah you know what we’re going to put the Yankees in the World Series even though they lost because they have a larger market and good social media, it will make more money. But sir the Astros won. “Who the fook are those guys”— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) November 28, 2017
Mitrione with Silva lying. I was 4-0 lost my first fight to Khabilov almost scored knockout didn’t happen. I tried to turn down a fight with someone coming off PED suspension appeal he says he’ll cut me that I’m in no pos to turn down a fight. I’ll slap that Napoleon fuck— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) November 28, 2017
They killed the old me. I have to watch Northcutt fight fucking Michael quinones and then listen to him preach fucking gospel and the end and I can’t get in their fucking octagon!?!?!?— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) November 28, 2017
Yea, I’m tired of being the fucking nice guy. you see where that shit gets you kids?? Trampled on. Don’t do it. #beanasshole— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) November 28, 2017
Not only can’t I️ get a fight Booked but being treated like the stapler guy in office space fought contract out and won. 5-2 and going to PR shit for bullriding with no contract on good faith for them. Just to get the fuck you and I️m tired of it. #ufc— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) November 28, 2017
I got a lot more truth too. like I said they killed the old me. This is the dirtiest excuse of a sport on the earth and we should be ashamed as fighters because we let it happen and we continue to let it happen because we don’t know how the hell to get on the same page.— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) November 28, 2017
I’m going to get some tattoos on my neck quick I’ll be right back— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) November 28, 2017
Knowing your niche.
Hey @seanshelby give me someone 4 #ufc221 who wants to put on a show for the fans... Rankings don’t matter but paying fans do !!!!! #FOTN #POTN #BrownVsGreen #BrownVsMelendez #ufcathlete @Primetime360ESM— Damien Brown (@beatdown155) November 27, 2017
Damn dude. Take a break.
He’s persistent, you gotta give him that.
Just in time for cyber Monday at the #TwoFaceTyrone online shop!!! Go flip flopping with #Cryrone for a limited time at 50% OFF!! Discount Code: GossipGirlWoodley. @TWooodley pic.twitter.com/XGBk6HHrE2— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) November 27, 2017
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