Clarifying Who Described Les Moonves as ‘Adult’

The New York Times corrects some errant Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations praise.

A compliment recently paid by one top CBS executive to another has been TKO-ed.

From today’s New York Times corrections:

Because of an editing error, an article last Saturday about an agreement by the boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to fight on May 2 omitted, in some editions, passages about the role of Leslie Moonves, chief executive of CBS Corporation, in the negotiations. And because of that error, the article misidentified the person who said that Moonves and Richard Plepler of HBO were “the adults in the room” when the details of the bout were worked out. The comment was by Bob Arum, the president of Top Rank Promotions — not by Stephen Espinoza, the executive vice president and general manager at Showtime Sports.

The February 20 article, titled “Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao Showdown Is Finally Set,” was written by Joe DePaolo, who also contributes to SB Nation and Fast Company.

Espinoza is no stranger to the PPV world of boxing. Before joining Showtime in New York, he worked at law firm Ziffren Brittenham LLP on behalf of boxer clients such as Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson.

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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