By Zach Arnold | September 18, 2009
UFC vs. boxing on PPV and buyrates: “Here’s the reality, here’s the reality. Let’s say Floyd does a million buys out there… there’s a million stupid fucking people out there. All right? That has nothing to say, that doesn’t mean, oh God, boxing’s better and bigger than the UFC, that’s not true. The reality is, the UFC is bigger than boxing and the WWE combined. The funny thing about the Floyd Mayweather thing is he runs around and he says, you know, money money is all he’s talking about, you know, they’re paying me [unintelligible], you’re fucking paying him that! You the fans are paying him that money! You talk about how much you fucking hate him and you don’t like the way he fights and you don’t want to see him run around in circles and you’re the ones giving him that money.”
On Mayweather’s comments about HBO and Steward as “Uncle Tom”: “Listen, I heard the numbers that Mandalay put out but I was hearing that thing wasn’t selling jack shit, they weren’t selling anything. And you better believe, you better believe if there’s fans in there, they’re all going to be Mexican, you know what I mean, it’s all going to be people supporting him, Marquez, and not Floyd.”
Arum calls MMA fans stupid, is Dana doing the same to boxing fans? “No no, I’m not taking a shot at (boxing) fans. I’m a fan! I’m a fan! I’m not here going, those guys that watch boxing are… yeah, I am a boxing fan, but I’m talking about reality, as a boxing fan the fight that I want to see is Pacquiao and Mayweather. Is there anybody that will fucking disagree with that? That’s the fight people want to see. That’s also a big money fight, but it’s the same bullshit that you got in boxing right now, in that interview with Arum Arum’s saying, man, this fight’s not going to happen because he doesn’t fucking like Floyd, he doesn’t want to deal with Floyd and he doesn’t want to negotiate with Floyd. See, I’m different than that. My opinion is, my fucking job is to make these fights. Dude, there’s plenty of fucking people that I don’t like that we put fights on with. It’s not up to me whether I like ‘em or dislike ‘em, it’s up to what the fans want to see. You know? I don’t think Fedor’s the best fucking heavyweight, he’s definitely not anywhere in the Top 10 in the fucking pound-for-pound, but if you fucking guys want to see that fight then I want to see that fight and I did everything I could to try to make it happen. You know, you’re not going to hear me fucking say, ‘yeah, we’re not going to go after Fedor, we’re not going to try, probably not going to happen’, I want it to happen, I want to see it, to be honest as a fan I want to see it if he can beat Brock, so…
But yeah my point is as a boxing fan, the way that we when I was putting this whole thing together is I used to so many times I’d be so fucking pumped up for the fights, man, it’s Saturday night, call your buddies, come over to the house, you know you put down your 55, 60 bucks, you go lay your bets, whatever you do, all the exciting shit that you do the week of a fight, you’re reading all the fucking articles, all the stories on stuff that’s happening and then you sit down and watch you the fight, and at the end of the fight you go, MOTHERFUCKER! That sucked! He fucking didn’t fight again! The fight sucked, you thought it was going to be great, and the last one for me was Floyd and Oscar, you know I was so pumped up for tha fight, they talk about all the shit they’re going to do to each other and they avoid fighting so that they can move to the next one and make another fucking 77 million dollars. That’s where the fight business went, you know, and that’s what’s wrong with boxing.”
If you are one of the many ’stupid’ people who want to watch the Mayweather/Marquez fight and want to watch it at a local movie theater instead, here’s the PR on that sent out by the indefatigable Gillian Grefé:
NCM Fathom, in association with Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, will bring live world championship boxing to the big screen in high definition for the first time ever with the showing of the highly anticipated 12-round welterweight fight between six-time world champion in five weight divisions Floyd “Money” Mayweather and five-time world champion in three weight divisions Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez and televised undercard on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT in select movie theaters nationwide.
Tickets for Mayweather vs. Marquez: “Number One/Numero Uno” Fight LIVE are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit www.FathomEvents.com (theaters and participants are subject to change).
This is the first boxing match widely shown in movie theaters since Sugar Ray Leonard’s victory over Roberto “Fists of Stone” Duran in the famous “No Mas” fight on Nov. 25, 1980. Providing an up-close and personal, high-definition experience, fans will get a ringside view of every jab and hook from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Seeing the event at your local movie theater is the ultimate virtual experience and the next best thing to being there. To see the event trailer, visit www.FathomEvents.com.
For a complete list of theater locations, prices and to purchase tickets, please visit www.FathomEvents.com. (theaters and participants are subject to change). Tickets are also available at participating theater box offices.