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Morning Report: Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza doubts a Mayweather-McGregor rematch happens, but is willing to promote it

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When Floyd Mayweather boxed Conor McGregor earlier this year, it was one of the biggest, most lucrative fights in the history of combat sports. So naturally, rumors and discussions of a rematch have been swirling ever since. But according to Showtime Sports Executive Stephen Espinoza, we can probably put those rumors to bed now.

Speaking recently with TMZ Sports, Espinoza said that he hasn’t heard anything from Mayweather about re-unretiring for another fight with McGregor and that he doubts a rematch between the two ever materializes.

“I don’t think so,” said Espinoza. “Floyd seems pretty happy retired. I don’t think we’ll see him in the ring again, and it seems like the UFC really wants McGregor back in the cage. I doubt [it]. It’s Floyd’s call at some point, but I haven’t heard anything from him that makes it seem like he’s thinking about McGregor or anything else.”

Espinoza was asked to comment on the possibility because rumors have started anew after TMZ reported that people close to Mayweather say he’s considering a 51st fight. If he does, McGregor would surely jump to the front of the list as the UFC lightweight champion wants a rematch and Mayweather reportedly made over $300 million dollars for their first fight, a number even Espinoza admits could be tough to walk away from.

“It is [tough to walk away from another $300 million] but at a certain point, 20 years in the sport, 22 years in the sport, at a certain point he’s given enough to the sport, so I don’t begrudge him wanting to retire.”

But enough money on the table has a way of making the unlikely become the inevitable. When the idea of a Mayweather-McGregor superfight was first tossed out, few people paid it any attention, but the economic drivers involved eventually made the impossible happen. It’s not crazy to think another relatively easy $300 million dollar payday would be enough to sway Mayweather back for one more go, and if he does, Espinoza and Showtime Sports are ready to make a pile of cash off of that one too.

“If there’s a demand for it, and people want to see it, then sure we’ll get behind the business.”


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The celebrity

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Nov 27, 2017 at 8:43pm PST

Gus out with shoulder surgery so if Volkan is a no go for DC, OSP or Manuwa could be getting the call up.

UPDATE! Op done ✅ Got my shoulder fixed, feel great, been 3 month with a plate keeping my collarbone in place! Now rehab and slowly getting back in 100% training! Can’t wait to get back to the octagon

A post shared by Alex The Mauler Gustafsson (@alexthemauler) on Nov 27, 2017 at 3:05am PST

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