A recent interview with a Showtime executive brought to light some rather bleak information about the current standings within the ongoing fight negotiations between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.
A small bump in the road, yes, but hopefully progress is made in the right direction from here on out.
Following the appearance of McGregor’s manager Audie Attar on this week’s edition of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, fans took note of Attar’s rather tight-lipped and not exactly enthusiastic response to any of the questions surrounding the ongoing negotiations between Conor and the Mayweather camp.
Attar, though never one to share all straight off the bat, wasn’t exactly a picture of hopefulness as he was grilled by Helwani for information on the yet-to-be-confirmed super-fight, and despite the fact that these talks will undoubtedly take a long time, it’s becoming more and more apparent that several major differences are still keeping this fight from becoming a reality.
In a recent interview with Chris Mannix, Showtime executive vice president Stephen Espinosa spoke briefly about the potentially huge fight, giving us an update on where things are at as far as getting it signed goes (via MMAFighting.com):
“The biggest battle in Mayweather-Pacquiao was both guys really thinking that the other wanted to do it. That part has happened 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.”
Indeed, the long and drawn out process of getting Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather together inside the ring should serve as a reminder to those at home about how long it can take to get a fight of this magnitude done and dusted and with Floyd now in his 40th year, time is most certainly ticking on this one.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena