Conor McGregor may be working with Showtime, as part of his blockbuster, August 26th bout with Floyd Mayweather, but that didn’t stop the UFC champ from calling one of the company’s executives a “f–kin weasel” on Tuesday…
If you didn’t watch the Mayweather – McGregor presser in Toronto yesterday, then you missed the Irish star repeatedly insulting the American boxer, as one would expect. But, you also didn’t see McGregor walk right up to Showtime exec Stephen Espinoza, and call him a “f–kin weasel”.
McGregor was still fired up about the fact his mic cut out during Monday’s presser in Los Angeles, which he believes Showtime did deliberately. Espinoza, however, denied that was the case, but clearly McGregor doesn’t think the exec’s telling the truth.
Well, after yesterday’s presser in Toronto, Espinoza was asked to respond to McGregor’s insults (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I’m not sure whether it’s part of the show,” Espinoza said. “I’m not sure how much is a put on. It seemed more than that. It certainly wasn’t a wink and a nod. And it wasn’t backstage saying, ‘Hey, I’m doing it for the good of the show.’ The reality is you see what some athletes — whether combat sports or otherwise — the need to invent enemies and invent opponents to motivate. He’s obviously got that in Floyd. If this is part of his process of imagining the world against him and motivating himself, then that’s his his process.
“I’m a big boy. It’s certainly not somebody that has come after me as a network. It did take me a little bit by surprise, but it’s part of the entertainment value of the McGregor business.”
Now, Espinoza also reportedly went on to praise Mayweather for his professionalism, before saying that not all of the decorated boxer’s opponents, do the same. So, Espinoza was asked if that was a way of him saying McGregor isn’t being professional, and he said this:
“I’d like to sleep on it, but it took me by surprise,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m a big boy and I still got two more opportunities to respond if I need to.”
The next press conference goes down today in New York City at 6:30 PM/ET.