UFC President Dana White further escalated his long-standing rivalry with veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum on Tuesday, calling him “senile," and tossing in a few expletives.
White was upset by comments from Arum published Sunday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In the story, Arum criticized the quality of Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor boxing match and compared it to the idea of NBA great LeBron James stepping into the boxing ring against heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua.
“You’re going to interview Bob Arum?” White responded, throwing in a few expletives. “This is our hometown paper, and then all the interviews are with Bob Arum. And this guy, this senile ... quote comparing LeBron James to Conor? Conor McGregor is a fighter. He can fight. Stuff like that bums me out when I’m reading that.”
The men who run Nevada’s largest sports books predict the betting on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight will exceed the money wagered on Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao two years ago.
Jay Kornegay, director of the Westgate Superbook, said he and his gaming colleagues have concluded Mayweather-McGregor betting in the state could reach $70 million; Mayweather-Pacquiao did $50 million.
The Super Bowl, by comparison, has generated about $120 million in wagers in recent years.
Call it a circus, a farce or a sham, but ticket sales for Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight may have surpassed the $72-million live-gate record set by Mayweather’s 2015 victory over Manny Pacquiao.
“I’m very confident we’re going to break that. We’re still four days out and people aren’t even in town,” Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather Promotions CEO, told The Times on Tuesday morning.
Ellerbe said he was still awaiting an official report on box-office sales.