Schaub worked for Showtime (the American Broadcasters of the fight) during the legs of Los Angeles, New York and Toronto of the circus Mayweather-McGregor.
Schaub has been one of the main supporters of Mayweather-McGregor in his fight, but he feels that boxing legend has already landed an early hit on the Irishman.
The two fighters lit up social media with their comments on the four-city press tour, but Schaub believes Mayweather got the best of the exchanges.
“I think the UFC audience, we thought Conor was going to come out and steal the show,” Schaub said in his Big Brown Breakdown podcast.
“We thought Floyd was going to do something here and there, but he’s got forty and it’s going to be Conor’s show. But to my surprise, Conor takes this thing from afar, but whoever does it is Floyd.
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“40-year-old still has his tricks, getting the verbal jabs back and forth.”
Schaub revealed that Conor did not understand the format of the first press conference in Los Angeles and even caught the production staff unprepared, which made an uncomfortable start for the UFC’s Irish star.
“Conor did not know the format, actually left early, he was not meant to leave – that’s why it was for so long,” Schaub said.
“I do not know why it came out.Everyone was like ‘get ready to go, Conor is coming out.’ ‘All production staff was like’ what? ‘
“I think he thought he (McGregor) was going to get in there and say ‘hey, what’s up, thank you for coming, I’m going to call this guy out, good night’, but no sir, they sat down and Floyd got it And it was Like boom, boom, boom – this is how you do it son, kind of showed you the game there.
“I gave him 10-9 for Floyd. I have a little bit of MMA community, but I have to call him as I see him.”
The big subject of the press tour was when Mayweather-McGregor felt that his microphone had been purposely turned off. This made the UFC champion angry at Showtime television boss Stephen Espinoza, whom he called “weasel,” along with many more colorful words.
McGregor said that at that point it was Floyd and Showtime trying to make it look bad, but Schaub cleared the mess, saying the incident was simply a technical mistake.
“It’s not a conspiracy theory, it’s not Showtime trying to make Conor look bad and try to give Floyd an advantage, it’s nothing like that,” Schaub revealed.
“Our producers in the back were like ‘what’s going on?’
“There was a young guy who did it, got in, thought it was on, sometimes there are problems with the microphones, I saw it with my own eyes, how they were going crazy trying to get a microphone, there is no configuration.
“Actually I think it was one of the best things that happened, it motivated Conor and when he spoke to Stephen Espinoza, I promise you this, he’s the most powerful man at that stage, when he put his markers on Espinoza and you went f ***, you f *** weasel, I was like ‘ahhhh’.
“Listen, I like a good theory of conspiracy, but it’s not there.”
Schaub compared the Mayweather-McGregor carnival experience to one of the biggest sporting events in the world, saying it eclipsed the atmosphere of a Superbowl, NFL playoff or UFC super-league.
The former UFC heavyweight said the experience has given him new respect for Floyd Mayweather.
“I talked to him (Mayweather) later and you realize, he knows exactly what he’s doing,” Schaub said.
“Everything is calculated, all, none of that bothers you, the booing, the talking of s ***, he won me in that aspect.Jesus Christ the man is a genius.There is a reason why he is the best paid athlete of all the times.
“I’ve never seen a better press conference than the Toronto press conference, never in my life, the best show I’ve ever seen in a sports press conference ever.”