Jake Paul Reveals Fight With Anderson Silva Got Bombed On Pay-Per-View
Paul defeated Silva by decision on October 29.
American professional boxer Jake Paul may have secured the biggest win of his career over Anderson Silva, but the event didn’t become a source of attraction like he would have hoped.
“It’s weird. Halloween, world series, Sunday football — this is the worst time of the year to fight, but guess what, I had to fight,” Paul said on his brother Logan Paul’s podcast.
“All my fights from now on will be in the summer. There’s no sports. There’s like this perfect gap in July slash early August where there’s no sports. And by the way, all of my other fights were during COVID, when no one had anything to do, anything to watch.”
Paul gave a low buying right for his fight against Silva. He says that despite the bad timing, he had to fight and promote two events that got cancelled.
The 25-year-old believes that the comments from the UFC legend about getting ‘knocked out’ in training had an impact on the PPV and ticket sales.
“The pre-buys were going crazy up up, and one Wednesday when the news came out about Anderson saying he got knocked out or whatever, and the fight was in jeopardy and all this press came out, the pre-buys tanked all the way down,” he said.
“The general public sees that and thinks like ‘oh it’s not happening.’ Tommy pulled out, Hasim pulled out. ‘Oh, Jake Paul can’t get an event together. This is done.’ It killed ticket sales. We were still selling, then that day, everything went to zero.”