The big Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match goes down on Aug. 26, 2017, and for nearly a week we've been hearing UFC President Dana White and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe talk up the event. But, one thing that's been conspicuously absent over the past several days is commentary from the athletes themselves. Both Floyd and Conor have kept relatively quiet, preferring to let their surrogates sell the event on all the sports channels.
But, that's going to change down the road, as Showtime Sports Executive Vice President Stephen Espinoza revealed on the latest episode of “The MMA Hour.”
"I think it would be a big miss as purely a fan to not see the two of them interacting repeatedly," he told host Ariel Helwani. "Mayweather did it, I think we ended up at 10 cities in 11 days for the Canelo fight. I don't think it's going to be something like that, but I do think this is the kind of thing where people are going to want to touch it and feel it and see these two interact. So I do think late June, early July there'll be multiple cities. Not a huge tour, but more than a couple. And I think it'll be something that'll be really entertaining to watch."
Not too many stops we hope, or McGregor could take issue with things.
But, it's really what most people are looking forward to regarding this fight. While the fight has been panned widely as non-competitive in the ring, there's a lot more excitement regarding what we're going to witness in the build up to the fight. Conor has made a name for himself as one of the most bombastic presences ever during media events, from stealing the belts of his opponents to his attire, which often calls back to classic boxing attire of the past.
We can hardly wait for the guaranteed insanity. As for the fight itself? That could be rough.