At one point, Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather seemed like a pipe dream. On Wednesday, that dream became a reality.
Three of the key parties — UFC president Dana White, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, and Showtime Sports’ executive VP and GM Stephen Espinoza — conducted a 40-minute media call Wednesday night to answer a bevy of questions.
While you can listen for yourself below, here’s a few key highlights to listen for:
– Despite having issues with him in the past, White was all Team McGregor on the call. He doesn’t think a loss would hurt McGregor or the UFC brand at all, and that the experience will only elevate the UFC lightweight champion.
– Speaking of that, during the intro, there was no mention of McGregor as a UFC fighter but rather an ‘Irish superstar’.
– When asked, Ellerbe didn’t shy away from the night clearing $500 million in revenue.
– No PPV price point has been set yet, but White didn’t shy away from the $100 tag that Mayweather vs. Pacquaio had.
– White was amazingly complimentary of Showtime, calling them “kind” for letting them do some content creation like UFC Embedded.
– White thinks McGregor will fight in the UFC again this year. He did bash his own talent several times for having the ‘fight anywhere, fight anyone’ mentality that McGregor has.
– There will be no UFC that day, even on an earlier card. The day “will be a boxing day” according to White.
– When asked, Espinoza wouldn’t commit to Mauro Ranallo calling the action which is curious considering he’s the voice of Showtime boxing. That would indicate that perhaps UFC might have some say in that.
Listen to that and more below:
Right click save