Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has been around forever, and has long been a controversial figure in the sport of boxing. He has also never been shy about bashing MMA, and the UFC in particular, when he gets the chance. With that being said, he does offer a unique perspective on the proposed Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match simply due to his experience.
In an interview with FightHub he offered his perspective on the fight, and dropped an interesting tidbit about an apparent deal the UFC tried to make with McGregor regarding his purse for the bout:
“I think the only impediment there is the UFC, because UFC doesn’t treat fighters the same way that boxing promoters do. In other words, UFC fighters get so much less than boxers do. They proposed a deal to Conor that on his share of the purse, they take 50 percent. Now, give me a break.
“If the fight doesn’t happen…not that I think it’s going to be a great fight, because I think Conor fighting Mayweather is not really a fight, if it’s boxing. Conor (is a) great MMA fighter, but hasn’t shown anything in boxing. And Mayweather’s one of the great fighters. But if that fight doesn’t happen, the blame will only be on the UFC.”
This is Bob Arum after all, so take the whole UFC proposal comment with a grain of salt. He’s not involved in the negotiations, but as one of the most powerful men in the sport of boxing, it wouldn’t be surprising if he was privy to that sort of information.
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