Conor McGregor has gone on the offensive on Twitter, and it’s an old foe who has ruffled his feathers.
SHOWTIME executive Stephen Espinoza is in the firing line of ‘The Notorious’ yet again.
Espinoza was of course infamously coined a “weasel” by McGregor on the worldwide promotional press tour prior to the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight last summer.
Well, this week it has emerged that McGregor isn’t the only one with ill-feeling towards Espinoza and his SHOWTIME crew. UFC president Dana White revealed in a fascinating interview with Kevin Iole for Yahoo Sports that he truly despises the American network, and will never work with them again as a result of their behaviour before, during and after the monumental May/Mac event.
White had these strong words to say:
“Think about this, and I don’t give a shit about SHOWTIME’s full of shit press release they put out, [Mayweather/McGregor] is the biggest fight ever in combat sports history.
“The thing did over 6.7 million buys, and if the service didn’t drop, we would have gotten closer to 7 million. It was the biggest boxing event ever, without a boxer. There was only one boxer involved.
“The way that they handled that press release and what they did?
“I didn’t trust them before, and now I despise those fucking guys.
“The SHOWTIME guys, I’ll never work with them again. Ever.”
According to SHOWTIME, the August showdown between Floyd and Conor fell just short of the all-time pay-per-view record buy rate, which was set by Mayweather’s clash with Manny Pacquiao in 2015. However, it appears the discrepancy occurs where Espinoza and his team are referring to the North American PPV sales alone, while Dana and Conor are concerned only with the total worldwide figure, which was indeed the highest buy-rate in PPV history, according to the latter pair.
The question was put to Espinoza on Twitter, which sparked a fiery response from his tormentor-in-chief.
Sounds like he's upset because we committed the cardinal sin of telling the truth (when we released the accurate total for N. American PPV buys on MayMac).
Strange that telling the truth, in a press release vetted by all parties in advance, is something to be "despised" for. https://t.co/rFxKXz0Bjz
— Stephen Espinoza (@StephenEspinoza) January 5, 2018
Shut your weasel mouth. Who gives a fuck about the North American numbers when we are the GLOBAL KINGS you shmuck. WORLDWIDE. No.1! https://t.co/tq5Gj1Os7Y
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 5, 2018