Mayweather VS McGregor will take place on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza: Floyd Mayweather was a ‘a little out of character’ at first MayMac World Tour stop

by  and Esther Lin, Showtime Jul 12, 2017, 12:29am EDT


Floyd Mayweather told the fans to point to who was going to be “easy work.”
Esther Lin, Showtime


LOS ANGELES — Floyd Mayweather drew chants. He talked a bit of trash. He pulled a $100 million check out of a designer backpack. And he paraded around the stage repeatedly.

The performance Tuesday on stage at the first stop on the MayMac World Tour at Staples Center was one part “Money Mayweather” and one part “Pretty Boy Floyd.” It was a throwback to the old days, Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza told MMA Fighting.

“Floyd, as he’s gotten older, he’s definitely mellowed,” Espinoza said. “If you look back at De La Hoya-Mayweather, Floyd did a lot of talking, a lot of needling Oscar throughout that press tour. Floyd is in a different place now. I don’t know exactly what to make of it. It is a little bit out of character. I think if I had to guess, it’s little bit of competitiveness and pride. Conor came out and had a standup comedy routine. The crowd ate it up. I think the entertainer in Floyd said I can’t come up here and give a bunch of cliches. He dished it out just like he took it.”

McGregor promised to knock out Mayweather within the first four rounds of the bout.
McGregor promised to knock out Mayweather within the first four rounds of the bout.

McGregor was the first to give his speech after being introduced by UFC president Dana White. He admitted he wasn’t used to the format. In UFC press conferences, there’s usually a dais, a seat and more of a repartee. McGregor said he didn’t plan on a monologue. But, of course, he mostly nailed it anyway, joking that Mayweather was wearing a tracksuit because he couldn’t afford a real suit.

Mayweather, the 49-0 legendary boxer, shot back saying he was the A-side because McGregor needed to leave MMA for boxing for a fight of this magnitude. He referred to McGregor as “easy work.”

The Downtown Los Angeles crowd was heavily pro-McGregor, which wasn’t totally shocking. But given that Mayweather is an American with ties to the region and McGregor is from Ireland, Espinoza did say it caught him a bit off-guard.

Mayweather called McGregor a "tap-out quitter" at the heated press conference in Los Angeles.
Mayweather called McGregor a “tap-out quitter” at the heated press conference in Los Angeles.

“I was surprised,” Espinoza said. “Floyd has a couple of places here. He spends a good amount of time in LA. He’s an LA-Vegas guy. But I think what you saw was the passion of the McGregor fans. He’s really connected with them, on social media and in person. He’s such a big personality that people really, really get attached to him.”

McGregor is the biggest earner in the history of the UFC. Mayweather is the same for boxing. And that is why, though many don’t think it will be a competitive boxing match, it is likely to draw in excess of 3 million — maybe even more than 4 million — buys on pay per view. This world tour, which goes on to Toronto, New York and caps in London is a very good indicator of financial potential, Espinoza said. This one, he said, is already bigger than previous Mayweather tours.

“This press tour is an entirely different level,” Espinoza said. “The Canelo press tour was much longer, but we weren’t looking at stops with 10 or 13,000 people in advance. We could have done probably a half dozen more cities without a problem. It was a matter of hours before all the venues said they were out of tickets and then expanded their plans. It speaks really well for the interest in the fight.

“I’m aware there is some backlash among the boxing purists. But this is — as Floyd has said — it’s a fight that happened because of the demand. If they had sort of thrown the idea out there and it got no traction, we wouldn’t be sitting here today.”

Mayweather and McGregor had interesting faceoffs, the two took each other down on the mic and McGregor even had a mostly humorous verbal altercation with Floyd Sr. during a press conference.

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor had an intense face off which left the fans excited.
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor had an intense face off which left the fans excited.

In other words, everything you’d expect from the two larger-than-life personalities on the first day of the trip.

“Floyd and Conor didn’t disappoint,” Espinoza said. “Everybody was really looking forward to this for entertainment value. What you got was some real emotion. It wasn’t a put on. You can see there’s some genuine heat there and that’s what fans wanted to see.

“The expectations were really high for the entertainment value and I think everybody who came was excited. And we did phenomenal numbers online, which are starting to trickle in. Way beyond everything we’ve ever done online for an event like this.”

Working out is healthy.


Both on and off-screen, Hugh Jackman’s continued efforts to make strength gains and age gracefully have reminded us of something: You don’t need to be a mutant to gain super abilities. You just have to work as hard as humanly possible and take care of your mind and body.

Hugh Jackman is known for his role of Wolverine in the X-Men film franchise. He currently stars in the film Logan which was released in March 2017. The 48-year-old actor manages to stay in shape by working out and lifting weights.

Exercise is hard work. It’s time-consuming. Your body aches. Your butt smells like goat cheese. (Anyone? No? Only me?) Why bother, right?

And yet there are reasons—good reasons—why people go to (and even sometimes love) the gym. I’m talking about the people who can’t imagine life without exercise. Here’s why you should start working out now:


1. Because it makes you happy.

You’ll feel awesome after you exercise. Immediately. Intensely. Unequivocally. Study after study confirms the direct relationship between exercise and an increase in feel-good hormones—one study found high-intensity exercise has a similar impact on your brain to cocaine.  (That’s gotta feel good.) Other research suggests physical activity can help manage depression.

Even in the 1800s, Henry David Thoreau knew what was up. “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day,” he said. Both science and a great American poet agree: We cannot be our happiest without exercise.


2. Because it makes your life easier.

Being stronger, leaner, happier, and more capable can make for a better life. Case in point: Your boss needs you to lift that heavy box? Yes, ma’am, you can. Your neighbor needs help rearranging furniture? Damn right, buddy, you’ll move that couch. Your friend needs to be carried home from the bar? Saddle up, cowboy.

Training increases your capabilities. That’s the law of progressive overload—lift something a little bit heavier each day, get a little bit stronger. Run a little faster each day, get a little bit, um, faster.


3. Because it helps you win at life.

Setting and achieving fitness goals helps you set and achieve goals in every other aspect of your life. The goal-setting/goal-accomplishing cycle is a learned trait. From a very early age, winners reinforce a simple idea: If they set their mind to something and work tirelessly toward its accomplishment, the outcome will be positive.

Initially, these victories are small. But eventually, the accomplishments add up to something much bigger. For example, if you want to do a pull-up, you might:

Do seated rows.
Do inverted rows.
Do lat pull-downs.
Do assisted pull-ups.
Set a goal, work hard, accomplish said goal, rinse, and repeat.

The more you reinforce hard work with a positive outcome, the more you think of yourself as a winner. If we get good at winning at exercise, we can be good at winning anything.

4. Because you care about your family and friends.

I don’t want to get too sappy (it’ll ruin my street cred), but the people closest to you rely on your love, energy, and compassion. Mismanaging your body is a disservice to them.

Taking care of your relationship with yourself is the first step toward taking care of your relationship with others. Making time for exercise isn’t selfish. Quite the opposite: It’s an act of generosity. The people around you deserve your best. The best version of you is a version that’s physically and mentally strong.


5. Because you can.

It’s easy to see exercise as a chore. Consider this instead: Exercise is a blessing. Not only do you have the knowledge and the means to exercise, you’ve been given a body that is strong as a tank, fast a cheetah, and more agile than a jackrabbit. OK, perhaps that’s slightly overstated, but a healthy body is truly a work of art.

Take inventory. If you are fortunate enough, you have:

  • Two strong legs that can carry you anywhere you damn well please.
  • Two strong arms that can lift lots of really heavy stuff.
  • A strong core and a strong heart and strong hands.

It all works. Every day. It works really well. When you stop and think about it, it’s baffling just how impressively well it works. Your workout is a celebration of that.


6. Because you want to feel sexy.

Exercises are not restricted to only men but to women as well. Working out improves a woman's fitness levels thus making her more versatile and agile.
Exercises are not restricted to only men but to women as well. Working out improves a woman’s fitness levels thus making her more versatile and agile.

You’re going to be hard-pressed to find someone who works out just to feel better—they want to look better too. And for the record, I’m not mad at that. Looking better is a perfectly fine reason to work out—and it’s a strong motivator. It’s even better if coupled with one of the five reasons above.

I just scratched the sweat-stained surface here—there are hundreds (millions even?) of good reasons to hit the gym. Do me a favor and send this to someone who doesn’t work out. They’ll thank you later.


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