While talk of a potential Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing superfight has the entire combat sports community talking, updates regarding the potential scrap have continued to pour out. As of late however, updates have become less and less frequent in regards to the potential scrap.
With Conor McGregor’s newborn son’s due date is rapidly approaching, many fans are wondering what the UFC superstar’s next move will be. While all signs pointed to a McGregor-Mayweather showdown being made official, a new update from Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza to discuss the bout, and why negotiations have hit a standstill.
He spoke to MMAFighting:
“The biggest battle in Mayweather-Pacquiao was both guys really thinking that the other wanted to do it. That part has happened [with McGregor and Mayweather], so I think the real question – and it’s sort of a black box right now – is where’s the UFC really, on this? Do they, in fact, want it? Dana – speaking on behalf of, I assume, the UFC – is making noises that he’s more open to it but talk is talk. I haven’t seen a lot of progress either internally in the deal between the two of them or externally, the deal between that side and this side.
“It’s largely at a standstill. There hasn’t been a ton of progress and I think if they don’t move relatively quickly, people may move on. People may tire of it. But it really is something that needs to happen this year or it probably won’t happen. Floyd’s on 18 months, two solid years come September since he’s fought. He’s still in great shape, but at a certain point, he’s not gonna do it after a while.”
“I think part of the fear on the UFC’s side is that they’ll never see Conor again. If he makes 50, 60, 70 and then you never see him in the ring and he retires in Ireland and so much for their megastar.”
Stay tuned for what we hope will be positive updates as they become available.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/28/2017.