Wednesday was a rough one for Showtime Sports vice president Stephen Espinoza.
First, he had to issue a statement on behalf of Showtime after Conor McGregor’s microphone got cut off during day one of the Mayweather vs. McGregor World Tour on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Showtime denied McGregor’s accusation that the company was responsible for his mic's failure, a storyline which commanded many of the headlines coming out of the event at Staples Center.
Then Espinoza took the stage in Toronto to kick off day two of the tour, and his speech was all but drowned out by the jeers of the audience.
When McGregor took the stage, it didn’t take him long to lay into Espinoza. After leading the crowd in a chant of “F*ck the Mayweathers,” the UFC lightweight champion turned and made a beeline toward Espinoza.
“While we’re at it, f*ck Showtime too,” McGregor said. “You little weasel. Look at you you little f*cking weasel, I can see it in your eyes, you’re a f*cking bitch. Cut my mic off? Cut the champ’s mic off? Hell no. You f*cking weasel.”
McGregor went on to tell the crowd he believes Showtime, which is broadcasting the Aug. 26 event at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena in conjunction with Mayweather Promotions, is attempting to stack the deck against him.
“They’re trying to set me up at every turn out here,” McGregor said. “They’re trying to catch me off guard. ... There is nothing they can do to faze me. Twenty-eight years of age, I’m getting fight checks and promoter checks. When Floyd was 28, he was on Oscar De La Hoya’s undercard.”