Arum Thinks Wilder-Fury II Meets May-Pac Record
With Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury still undefeated and dominating in their most recent fights against Dominic Breazeale and Tom Schwarz respectively, Fury’s co-promoter, Bob Arum, has lofty ideas for a potential sequel.
“Having these two guys, I really believe that when they fight each other, the fight should do somewhat near the equivalent of Mayweather-Pacquiao,” Arum said to Michael Woods on the Talkbox podcast. “They were great attractions, but Mayweather and Pacquiao were little guys. I mean, you’re taller and bigger than either of those guys were at the time,” Arum told Michael Woods on the Everlast “Talkbox” podcast.”
Mayweather-Pacquiao in 2015 set a record with 4.6 million pay-per-view buys and half a billion dollars in overall revenue.
The long time promoter due to both fighters being heavyweights, more casual fans will be inclined to pay to watch them fight on pay-per-view.
“But Tyson Fury and Wilder are bigger than life, they’re big, big men..and people who watch boxing, particularly the public, they’re unsophisticated, like to think, and that’s why they like heavyweights, ‘Hey, there’s a guy that can go into a bar and beat anyone in the room,’ right? And they couldn’t certainly think that about either Mayweather or Pacquiao, because they were relatively short guys….That’ll help drive it, I think we have chance to do numbers like Mayweather-Pacquiao, and I think the other side has bought into that too.”
Before any of that, Wilder must go through Luis Ortiz inside the Barclays Center this fall, in a repeat of their 2018 war, and Fury is near a deal for a debut inside the main arena of Madison Square Garden this October.
“We’re looking at now October five, the (Madison Square) Garden (in NYC), I think the Garden is trying to clear out a concert and so forth,” Arum explained “They’re optimistic that we can open it up Oct. 5. Having had Fury conquer Vegas and show he’s like the equivalent to Elvis…and any other great act that ever hit this town, I think we have to take him to the East…and roll him out so to speak on the big stage at Madison Square Garden,” Arum said.
Transcription by Boxing Scene