Through much of the summer of 2017, the focus of Showtime Boxing was squarely on the pay-per-view event between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor that took place on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Stephen Espinoza, the Executive V.P. and G.M. of Showtime Sports has a different perspective than many who claim the Mayweather and McGregor clash damaged the sport.
“At a certain point I felt a good analogy was it was sort of like a summer blockbuster movie. You don’t want every movie to be ‘Transformers’ but when it comes it’s hard not to get caught up in the hype and go to IMAX and go see it on the big screen and get caught up in the excitement, the drama and the explosions, the fireworks and all of that.”
Espinoza continued while speaking to Boxing Scene…
“Boxing fans are harder on their sport than any other sport and in some ways deservedly so. But this is one where it was a different type of experience, it was a different type of spectacle we rarely see and it’s a good change of pace. It wasn’t the norm but as a change of pace it was certainly interesting and intriguing and I think compelling.”
Espinoza claims that the fight that reached a wide-ranging audience,
“It did without question bring new fans into the sport, particularly young fans.”
“Conor has a very strong fan-base of young males… and even females… so that’s a particular benefit. That there was a whole legion of teenagers who follow Conor McGregor who are now talking about boxing.”
“It’s absolutely a positive thing.”