Bob Arum is one of the most respected boxing promoters in all the world, having put on some of the greatest cards in boxing history -- but is still among the most controversial.
The promoter is also claiming that the UFC wants half of Conor McGregor’s purse for his potential fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"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,” Arum said to Fight Hub.
Whether or not the UFC is actually asking for 50% of McGregor’s purse isn’t known at this time, but he is contractually tied to the company.
Even if the fight does come to pass, the promoter doesn’t believe it will be a great one.
“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,” Arum said.
McGregor has never competed as a professional boxer, while Mayweather Jr. is considered among the greatest boxers of all time.
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