Fans can expect to see plenty of Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather in the near future as plans are in the works to have the two superstars go on a multi-city world tour ahead of their blockbuster boxing match on August 26th in Las Vegas.
That’s the word according to Showtime Sports Executive Stephen Espinoza, who told Ariel Helwani on ‘The MMA Hour’ show earlier this week that the tour may be only weeks away.
“I think it would be a big miss as purely a fan to not see the two of them interacting repeatedly,” Espinoza said. “Mayweather did it, I think we ended up at ten cities in 11 days for the Canelo fight. I don’t think it will to be something like that, but I do think this is the kind of thing where people are going to want to touch it and feel it and see these two interact.”
“So I do think late June, early July, there’ll be multiple cities. Not a huge tour, but more than a couple. And I think it’ll be something that’ll be really entertaining to watch.”
McGregor has also been involved in a promotional world tour in the past, making stops in the U.S, Ireland, England and Brazil ahead of his fight with Jose Aldo in 2015, which proved to be hugely entertaining and intensified the rivalry between the two fighters.
However, tours like that are gruelling and McGregor demanded that he be given less promotion to do ahead of his rematch with Nate Diaz in 2016 as he wanted to focus on his training camp instead, but the UFC didn’t bow down to that request and after no-showing a presser in NYC, Dana White pulled ‘The Notorious’ from the main event of UFC 200.
Given that in just two months time McGregor i going up against an undefeated, all-time boxing great in his first ever fight in the squared circle, there’s no doubt he could do without the distraction of another world tour on the horizon.
However, McGregor is ambitious and will want to do everything he can to generate interest in this once-in-a-lifetime fight in an attempt to smash the all-time pay-per-view record, so there will be no attempt to back out this time around and he’s sure to be firing on all cylinders during these must see press conferences, knowing that the entire world will be watching.