Arum: White Is Going Into Boxing To Save The UFC
The war of words between Bob Arum and UFC President Dana White seems to be never ending, as Arum believes that White’s move into boxing is to save his company. Arum feels White is openly admitting that boxing is more popular than mixed martial arts with White’s attempt to add boxing to his promotional umbrella.
Last August, Conor McGregor, who is arguably the sport’s biggest star, made his professional boxing debut against boxing’s biggest star Floyd Mayweather, who won the contest with a tenth round TKO at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The UFC co-promoted the August pay-per-view event with Mayweather Promotions.
Both McGregor and Mayweather made a fortune from the fight, with 4 million pay-per-view buys – revenue numbers that created a frenzy as several top boxing names have called out McGregor.
White has made it known that in 2018 he will launch the “Zuffa Boxing” brand – which is going to be run under the same ownership umbrella as UFC, WME-IMG.
Arum believes that the UFC’s decline is the sole reason for White’s interest in boxing.
“By coming in the business, he is really admitting that boxing is the more popular sport,” Arum told TMZ. “And in order to keep his company alive, he has to go into the boxing business.”
White expects to make big waves in the boxing industry, and feels that eventually he will be the one on top looking down at Arum.
“You’ll see, Bob,” White said.
“We’ll see at the end. Bob’s the same guy who said the UFC would never work, and the UFC was loosing ‘oodles’ of money, whatever the f*** ‘oodles of money’ means. Look at what we’ve done and look at where we are. I mean, come on. At the end of the day, we’ll see who stands where when the smoke clears and the dust settles.”
“I’ll give it to him, though. For a f***ing 95-year-old dude, this guy’s pretty feisty, man. I’ll give it to him. I’ll give him that.”