For those closely following the progress of the superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor should know that the Irish sensation finally came to terms with the last week. Now, the last piece of the puzzle is for Mayweather to ink an agreement.
At the very moment, the word on the street is Mayweather and Showtime are targeting an early fall date for the proposed boxing bout. However, the pound-for-pound boxing great is willing to wait until next year if they have to.
In a recent interview with FightHype, Executive Vice President of Showtime Sports Stephen Espinoza said,
I think the date really is a function of how long it takes to get a deal done because the reality is, it took a long time for the UFC and Conor to reach an agreement to allow Conor to participate. Now the real negotiations start which is the Floyd side versus the Conor-UFC side. If that drags on then you’re probably looking at late this year. If it really drags on then you’re looking at early next year. But if people are as motivated as they seem to be – I know how badly Floyd wants it – if we get this wrapped up pretty quickly we could be seeing it early fall. That’s the goal. That’s what we’ve heard from Floyd. Now it’s just getting in a room and seeing if people will be reasonable on the kind of deal that they’re looking for.
If the superfight between Mayweather and McGregor comes to fruition Espinoza also said that he believes it could potentially surpass the pay-per-view buys of Mayweather-Pacquiao, the current best selling PPV of all time.
It’s tough to say that because even before Mayweather-Pacquiao my prediction was 3-3.5 million buys. I said after the fight that I wasn’t sure that we’d ever see some event in my lifetime to surpass it. Just because it was so big, I hesitate but at the same time, I have trouble thinking of a significant group of people who bought Mayweather-Pacquiao who would then say, ‘No, I’m not gonna buy Mayweather-McGregor,’ and since you are drawing from two distinct fan bases, it might give that record a run for the money.
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