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Showtime VP Stephen Espinoza comments on McGregor exchange

July 11, 2017 - Los Angeles, California, U.S - FLOYD MAYWEATHER (L) and CONOR MCGREGOR (R) kick off their world tour with a press conference Tuesday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles,California. Mayweather vs. McGregor will take place Saturday, Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (Photo by Chris Farina/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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The press tour hyping the Aug. 26 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has grabbed the attention of many, with McGregor’s verbal abilities taking center stage in what many believe will be a mismatch when the two get into the ring.

During Wednesday’s stop in Toronto, McGregor did not mince words when addressing Mayweather or Showtime vice president Stephen Espinoza.

(WARNING: Video contains explicit language)

On Thursday, ahead of the third stop on the press tour in Brooklyn, Espinoza was asked about McGregor’s comments, which Espinoza did not respond to at the time.

“We have not,” Espinoza said when asked if he and McGregor have spoken since the former UFC champion’s rant. “He got in the car very quickly afterwards, so no. The next time I’ll see him will be the first time since our little exchange on stage.”

Espinoza was asked by another member of the media in attendance how the first interaction between he and McGregor will go, given the fact that the two have not spoken since McGregor’s diatribe on Wednesday.

“It’ll be interesting,” Espinoza said. “That exchange took me a little by surprise. There’s some speculation that it was planned or expected, I can tell you with all candor that it was not. I’m not used to being in the middle of pay-per-view promotions, certainly not in that sense, because I really don’t insert myself into it. But Conor has inserted me, and the chips will fall where they may.”

Espinoza was also asked whether or not he would have handled the situation differently, perhaps responding to McGregor in a way similar to the famous argument Mayweather had with former HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant in 2011 following Mayweather’s knockout of Victor Ortiz.

“No. At this point, no,” Espinoza said. “Again, I think it’s… typically I’d like to think that I’d take the high road. Having said that, I’ve got a temper just like anyone else. We’ll see. It’s been a long couple days already.”

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