Bob Arum on slow ticket sales for Mayweather-McGregor: ‘There’s a limited number of suckers’

Legendary promoter Bob Arum has been a huge critic of Mayweather-McGregor. While Arum believes that the fight will be a ‘spectacle,” Arum does not give UFC star Conor McGregor much of a shot to beat Floyd Mayweather. 

Arum told TMZ Sports that McGregor “has no chance” to beat Mayweather on August 26.

Ticket sales are reportedly “slow” for this fight, and Arum believes if they lower the ticket prices(ringside seat at $10,000), the fight could be a sell out. 

If Mayweather wins on August 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, he would be 50-0. However, Arum does not think it matters because he is fighting McGregor, who is making his pro debut. “He does not deserve 50 because he is not fighting a fighter,” Arum told TMZ Sporrs. “He is not fighting a real boxer. McGregor is a good MMA guy, but it’s a different sport.

The fight may not be competitive, but given the opportunity, any promoter in the world would want to be apart of this event. 

Listen to the interview below:

London crowd yells at Floyd Mayweather: ‘Sit down, shut up’

The final stop of the Mayweather-McGregor World Tour was in London today. In all of the stops, the crowds have been cheering for McGregor, and booing Mayweather.

London was no different. 

Watch below:

Oscar De La Hoya rips Mayweather-McGregor

Do I want to see Mayweather-McGregor? No. However, I am intrigued enough to buy the fight. Oscar De La Hoya, who is the head of Golden Boy Promotions, hates the fight!

He wrote this on Facebook today:

To my fellow #boxing fans:

I write in the hopes that together we can protect the sport of boxing.

With each passing day, it looks more and more likely that the circus known as Floyd Mayweather Vs. Conor McGregor will be coming to town in the near future.

As undercard fights start to take form, athletic commissions give their blessings in exchange for millions of dollars and the fighters start counting even more cash, one group will eventually be left to make sure this farce doesn’t occur.

We, the fans, who are the lifeblood of our sport.

Boxing is starting to dig out of the hole that Floyd and Manny Pacquiao shoveled by waiting seven years to put on a fight that ended up being as dull as it was anti-climactic.

2017 has started off as a banner year for boxing. Joshua vs. Klitschko; Thurman vs. Garcia; Golovkin vs. Jacobs; Canelo vs. Chavez. All four of these fights – and many more — have brought the fight game back and reinvigorated interest from the ever-elusive casual fan.

But if you thought Mayweather/Pacquiao was a black eye for our sport – a matchup between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters that simply didn’t deliver — just wait until the best boxer of a generation dismantles someone who has never boxed competitively at any level – amateur or professional.

Our sport might not ever recover.

I fully understand the initial attraction from any fan of combat sports. McGregor is almost certainly the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter. Floyd is Floyd — the most dominant boxer of his time.

But success in one sport does not guarantee success in another. Far from it. And let’s be clear, these are two different sports — from the size of the gloves fighters wear, to the size and shape of the ring, to the fact the one sport allows combatants to use their legs to strike.

Think about it, beyond Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, what other athlete has successfully competed in two sports in the modern age? And Jackson and Sanders both played both baseball and football throughout their high school and college careers before going professional.

Furthermore, it’s not like McGregor would be fighting a good fighter, let alone a mediocre one. He would be fighting the best. To use a bit of an extreme analogy, I happen to be a pretty good golfer. Could I potentially hold my own on one of the second-tier tours? Maybe. But would I be able to compete with Rory McIlroy, Jordan Speith or Sergio Garcia? Of course not. Nor would I think to try.

Now, I know critics will say that I’m only writing this letter because my company is promoting what will be the culmination of an outstanding boxing year when Canelo Alvarez takes on Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in September, and I don’t want anything to distract attention away from that fight.

But my interest is in the health of boxing as a whole. It always has been. And if Floyd were to come out of retirement to take on someone like Keith “One–time” Thurman, Errol Spence or some other top welterweight, not only would I applaud the fight, I’d be the first one on line for a ticket.

That kind of fight is what the fans – and I am a fan first — deserve.

Which brings me back to the circus.

Floyd’s and Conor’s motivation is clear. It’s money. In fact, they don’t even pretend it’s not. But it’s also a lack of consequences for when the fight ends up being the disaster that is predicted. After this fight, neither of them will need us anymore. Floyd will go back to retirement — presumably for good this time with another nine-figure paycheck — and Conor will go back to the UFC.

It’s a win-win for them. It’s a lose-lose for us. We’ll be $100 lighter and we will have squandered another opportunity to bring boxing back to its rightful place as the sport of kings.

At this point, only we can shut the circus down by making it clear that we won’t pay to see a joke of a fight and telling our casual-fan friends that they shouldn’t either.

Sincerely,

Oscar

Floyd Mayweather angry with cheerleading judges

The last time we saw Floyd Mayweather complain about judging was when his fighter Badou Jack fought to a controversial draw against James DeGale. Now, Mayweather is unhappy with a different group of judges. TMZ Sports obtained a video of an angry Mayweather confronting judges, after his daughter and her team took second place in a cheerleading competition this past weekend. The event took place in Irvine, CA

According to TMZ Sports, Mayweather and the group that ran the event are on good terms.

Here is the video of the incident, and a “blow by blow” of what happened from the announcer at the event Jeff Krapf.

 

Mayweather car burned in UK

Somebody does not like Floyd Mayweather. Last week his house was burglarized while he was celebrating his 4oth birthday in Los Angeles. On Sunday, Mayweather’s van was set on fire in the UK. Fortunately, no one was hurt. According to reports, the windows of the van were smashed, and the vehicle was ultimately set on fire.  Mayweather is currently on his UK tour.

Mayweather has a lot of security.  Maybe it is time to increase it!