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20th Jun 2017

It’s hard not to call bullshit on this story of how McGregor vs. Mayweather came about

It makes for a good story though

Darragh Culhane

It looked as if a Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight was just a fantasy, but they go toe-to-toe on 26 August.

The fight all came about by chance, according to one of the leading negotiators in getting the deal done.

Stephen Espinozo, executive vice president of Showtime, was deeply involved in negotiations but stated that the wheels were set in motion when Mayweather just happened to be in New York the weekend that McGregor fought Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden.

He was speaking on the MMA Hour on Monday.

“Floyd just happened to be in New York City that weekend… and I believe it was TMZ that caught him outside his jewellery shop,” he told Ariel Helwani

“That’s one of the first times that Floyd sort of responded and it touched off Conor and Dana (White) and it snowballed from there.

“If Floyd is not jewellery shopping on the Monday after the Alvarez fight and caught by TMZ I’m not sure if we’re talking right now.”

However, Espinozo’s claim doesn’t exactly hold through. The seed was planted in the minds of McGregor and Mayweather long beforehand. Six months prior to McGregor’s fight against Eddie Alvarez, the UFC fighter tweeted this.

This was followed by Floyd Mayweather’s photoshopped attempt of a fight poster three weeks later.

The official fight poster is, ehm, slightly better.