Espinoza responds about McGregor-Malignaggi clips

August 18, 2017

Paulie Malignaggi has become a lighting rod for promoting the McGregor-Mayweather fight.  Whether it was strategically planned or organically occurred, the boxer and Showtime analyst has made himself a bridge to both sides.

Notably, during a conference call on Thursday, Showtime Exec Stephen Espinoza addressed the sparring footage between Malignaggi and Conor McGregor.  According to McGregor, he knocked down Malignaggi.  The boxer disputes this assertion saying that photos of him on the canvas during the sparring session did not tell the story.  Malignaggi says he was pushed down.

The question as to why the footage, which the UFC released to media, has not been used by Showtime for its “All Access” shoulder programming.  An episode showed Malignaggi preparing for a sparring session with McGregor but the cameras did not show the actual session.

Dana White told reporters on Tuesday that he sent footage of the knockdown to Showtime but the network decided not to use it.

Espinoza stated that White was “misinformed” because Showtime worked directly with the McGregor camp.  He clarified the information White sent to Showtime as “a few short clips.” Espinoza explained that the footage received seemed spliced together and was informed that they could only use it if it was shown in its entirety and not edited by Showtime.  Espinoza said that the clips were not used “because it was pretty redundant repetitive stuff.”

White said he has nothing against Malignaggi and stated it was best for his health that he left the camp.  In his opinion, McGregor unanimously won the sparring session he witnessed against the boxer.

Payout Perspective:

It’s hard not to think that the UFC-Showtime partnership will dissolve and lawsuits will be filed after this fight.  White has had a contentious relationship with Showtime in the past back when it produced Strikeforce events.  The relative smooth sailing in negotiating the fight seemed to infer that the two sides could have a working relationship.  But, it appears that the sparring sessions may have opened some old wounds.  The UFC sees Showtime as perhaps protecting its analyst, Malignaggi.  By the way, he’ll be the one on the PPV telecast calling this fight.  For Malignaggi to spar with McGregor seemed like a bad idea from the start and its stirring controversy.  But, I go back and forth as to whether this is good or bad in promoting this fight.  It also could be that Malignaggi is looking out for himself and perhaps setting up a future matchup with McGregor.

29 Responses to “Espinoza responds about McGregor-Malignaggi clips”

  1. Speakman on August 18th, 2017 11:25 AM

    The malignaggi feud has helped the promotion. It’s been the biggest topic that has kept maymac fight in the news and in fan conversations since the tour ended.

    MMAPayout Moderator on June 13th, 2017 3:35 PM
    FYI: d has been blocked due to multiple reader complaints and violating our anti tro.lling policy.

  2. Fight Fan on August 18th, 2017 12:01 PM

    The footage was clearly a push and you can see ref Cortez motioning no knockdown. Ufc up to shady stuff as usual to sell this flop. If it was a legit knockdown they would have showed the count.

  3. C on August 18th, 2017 2:03 PM

    Fight Fan there are no counts in sparring lol.

  4. d on August 18th, 2017 4:54 PM

    Speakman and C seem to pop up around the same time for some strange reason. I wonder why? Haha. #dorkhas3000aliases.

  5. d on August 18th, 2017 4:58 PM

    Pretty funny how the entire sport of boxing was going on and on about McGregor was so horrendous he couldn’t beat amateurs, then when he beats up Malignaggi in sparring, they have to search for every excuse imaginable. Knock down or no knock down, Malignaggi even admitted their first sparring session McGregor got the better of him. Haha.

  6. Fight Fan on August 18th, 2017 5:47 PM

    Paulie is trying to sell the fight and get the leftovers d, lol. Nothing was working so they resorted to this. Thousands of seats still open and resale market in the dumps.

  7. d on August 18th, 2017 5:52 PM

    Anyone who says that is out of their mind. Go read and see what Malignaggi has said about McGregor and Dana White. He hates them. He’s not an academy award winning actor. He’s furious about this and I can’t say I blame him because McGregor leaked photos that he should not have.

    When the final gate comes in we will see how well it did.

  8. Fight Fan on August 18th, 2017 8:28 PM

    There’s over two thousand tickets just on stubhub. Add that to the tons available on ticketmaster this fight did not sell well. May pac never had second hand seats as cheap as this one does. This fight will not break 5 mil ppvs it will be lucky to hit 3.

  9. d on August 19th, 2017 8:35 AM

    FF, I’m not sure why this is difficult for you to understand, there is a capacity for this fight that is significantly higher than May-Pac. They’ve already sold more tickets and this will likely defeat the gate number.

    As for the secondary market, of course the seats will be somewhat cheaper, there are more $500 tickets available. Far more. Those are the tickets that get re-sold at a higher rate than anything else. There were around 1k tickets available on stubhub for May-Pac the day before the fight, and the get in price at that time was $2500, meanwhile there are only 500 tickets on stubhub right now for less than $2500. Factoring in the higher percentage of tickets available and the get in rate is about the same.

    They will easily go over 3m buys. There’s no question and I would not be surprised at all if they break the record.

  10. Fight Fan on August 19th, 2017 4:44 PM

    Not very hard to comprehend at all. The fight isn’t selling, they are both unlike able fighters and McTapper is not a boxer. I’ll be surprised if my Buffalo Wild Wings orders this one.

  11. d on August 19th, 2017 6:34 PM

    Apparently it is difficult for you to comprehend the evidence that proves you wrong. I just provided the information that debunks your bs about the gate and the secondary market.

    Your BWW’s probably will have this one if they had the last one.

  12. Fight Fan on August 20th, 2017 6:05 AM

    Wrong, the secondary market is a flop with falling prices and an over abundance of tickets.

  13. d on August 20th, 2017 6:57 AM

    Haha. I just explained to you why what you said is false. You don’t know what you are talking about at all.

    The day before the May-Pac fight there were around 1k tickets available still on stubhub and the prices had fallen dramatically also. When you factor in that more tickets were 3k more tickets available for this one, it is a similar situation.

  14. Fight Fan on August 20th, 2017 7:47 AM

    Nope wrong, tickets still on ticketmaster show they can’t even unload them at face value.

  15. Fight Fan on August 20th, 2017 8:46 AM
  16. d on August 20th, 2017 10:34 AM

    I really don’t understand why this is so difficult for you to grasp? There were less than 1k tickets that were released to ticketmaster for May-Pac. For May-McG, nearly all of the tickets for May-McG were released to Ticketmaster. Since you do not understand the significance of this, I will attempt one last time to explain it to you: those involved with the event: Top Rank, Mayweather, Pac, Showtime, etc divvied up nearly all of the tickets and sold them outside of Ticketmaster on their own. You have no idea how long it took for them to sell those tickets. What we do know though is that 1 day prior to May-Pac the tickets nosedived and there was nearly 1k still available on the secondary market. So one could argue that May-Pac couldn’t even unload their tickets at face value as well until the very day of the event.

    The truth is, more tickets have already been sold for May-McG, than May-Pac. There is likely going to be a sellout and the gate is going to be significantly higher.

    Do some research for once.

  17. Random Dude on August 20th, 2017 10:40 AM

    I love it!

    d is now a boxing and Mayweather cheerleader now that the UFC is involved in boxing.

    Keep on shilling.

  18. d on August 20th, 2017 10:42 AM

    “Crawford fight the second highest rated this year.”

    -Boxing match on ESPN.

    That doesn’t say very much.

    Also, the rating was good, but the overall event only drew a .7 rating.

  19. Random Dude on August 20th, 2017 10:43 AM

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/20/mayweather-vs-mcgregor-ticket-demand-isnt-living-up-to-the-hype-commentary.html

    “The cheapest ticket for this fight right now is $1,500, a far cry from the “low” of $4,000 for the last mega Vegas matchup – Mayweather-Pacquiao.”

    “There is also a relatively high quantity of tickets available in the secondary market.”

    “A few weeks ahead of the last mega Vegas fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in 2015, the cheapest ticket was $4,000, more than double current prices for Mayweather-McGregor. That fight had a title on the line, and was between the two best boxers of their generation.

    When tickets first went on sale for Mayweather-McGregor, Ticketmaster expected demand to be so high that it rolled out a new bot-busting Verified fan tool, which is also being used for ultra high demand events like Hamilton and Bruce Springsteen on Broadway.

    But, despite a series of reality-TV worthy press junkets hyping this fight, neither bots nor humans have been interested in paying face prices. A week after tickets first went on sale, nearly 2,000 tickets hit the secondary market. These tickets were priced at roughly a 30-percent discount to “face price,” and since then, prices are down another 30 percent. With nearly 1,500 tickets still available, it’s likely that prices will continue to fall in the days leading up to the fight.”

    “In the 10 days before Mayweather-Pacquiao, average prices fell 17 percent. If the same happens for or Mayweather-McGregor, the cheapest ticket for fight night would be close to $1,000.”

  20. Random Dude on August 20th, 2017 10:44 AM
  21. Random Dude on August 20th, 2017 10:47 AM

    Once again, simple point, May-McG may end up making more money overall, but May-Pacq was the more popular fight. You can’t argue against that.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/boxing/mayweather-mcgregor/floyd-mayweather-vs-conor-mcgregor-ticket-prices-slashed-drop-cheap-empty-seats-fear-latest-news-a7900171.html

    “There may be less than two weeks to go until Floyd Mayweather fights Conor McGregor in one of the most lucrative fights in the history of boxing, but ticket sales for the contest remain lower than expected.”

    “Although the fight is still expected to smash all existing pay-per-view records – according to UFC president Dana White, at least – few foresaw such slow ticket sales.”

  22. d on August 20th, 2017 10:49 AM

    Both headliners also made over 1m dollars for the fight. Not including the undercard or any other overhead costs. One has to wonder how much ESPN could have possibly paid for this event. Probably a financial loss.

  23. d on August 20th, 2017 10:57 AM

    “I love it!
    d is now a boxing and Mayweather cheerleader now that the UFC is involved in boxing.
    Keep on shilling.”

    As I pointed out, I can’t stand Mayweather and think he’s an idiot. The point of this is the biggest fight in boxing history will involve a mma fighter. Haha.

    I love it how you boxing fanboys are all of a sudden hating boxing when a mma fighter comes in and takes over. Hahaha.

  24. d on August 20th, 2017 10:57 AM

    “I love it!
    d is now a boxing and Mayweather cheerleader now that the UFC is involved in boxing.
    Keep on shilling.”

    As I pointed out, I can’t stand Mayweather. The point of this is the biggest fight in boxing history will involve a mma fighter. Haha.
    I love it how you boxing fanboys are all of a sudden hating boxing when a mma fighter comes in and takes over. Hahaha.

  25. d on August 20th, 2017 11:07 AM

    Nice try random, the actual facts:

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2015/05/01/ticket-prices-for-mayweather-vs-pacquiao-plummet-50-over-past-week/#30c0ef3712b6

    “Ticket Prices For Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao Plummet ”

    “But as we get closer to fight night, ticket prices on the secondary market have plummeted with prices off more than 50% from their peak a week ago. Expect the decline to continue right up to the fight.”

    “the nearly 945 tickets still available on the site (the day before the event on the secondary market)”

    “The get-in price peaked at $6,332 on April 21, but has dropped every day since then to a low of $2,586 as of today..” That’s also factoring in that 3k more tickets were available, primarily in the upper levels which are the most common resold. So the cheapest ticket was actually $2586, with 17k tickets available, and there are less than 500 tickets available on the secondary market for May-McG that are less than that. Considering there are 3k more tickets available, that makes it pretty balanced. You guys don’t comprehend math or statistics.

    The only tickets available at face value for the May-McG event are lower bowl tickets. As I’ve pointed out, we have no idea when these same tickets were sold for May-Pac, however we do know that nearly 1k tickets were still available through the secondary market the day before the event. That speaks volumes about the alleged speed of ticket sales for May-Pac.

    “Once again, simple point, May-McG may end up making more money overall, but May-Pacq was the more popular fight. You can’t argue against that.”

    Not only can I argue it, but there will likely be evidence that proves this is false.

  26. Fight Fan on August 20th, 2017 3:24 PM

    D writing novels again lol. Isn’t he banned?

  27. d on August 20th, 2017 5:17 PM

    When facts are presented, FF switches the subject. Haha.

  28. Fight Fan on August 21st, 2017 9:41 AM

    Facts? You got access to the ufc books? Nope then you don’t got facts. McTapper could never break 2 million ppvs on his own

  29. d on August 21st, 2017 7:04 PM

    What do gate numbers and secondary market numbers have to do with UFC books?

    Mayweather has never broken 2m ppvs on his own. As a matter of fact, when he has a bad opponent, he never breaks 900k buys, whereas McGregor does routinely over 1m with garbage drawing opponents.

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