The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s noticeable co-owner frequently calls himself a boxing fan, but he has no love for one of the sport’s most prominent promoters, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
UFC President Dana White told Yahoo Sports columnist Kein Iole, “He’s nothing but a greedy pig, and his jealousy shows non-stop.”
White erupted Monday after Arum dismissed mixed martial arts as insignificant contest for a November 12 rematch among boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. Yahoo Sports’ Iole connected White’s outburst:
“Bob Arum is a jealous moron. Bob Arum had the ability to do great things for the sport of boxing. I don’t know if he wasn’t smart enough to do what we did or whatever, but when we first came out with this thing, this guy laughed at us. He said how stupid the Fertittas were and that this thing was ridiculous and it would never be a sport.
“Now, all he does is run around [expletive] and complaining about it. You had the ability, Bob Arum, to make boxing great. But the problem was, you were greedy. You’re a greedy pig, just like all the other guys who were involved in boxing. All you ever did was try to rip money out of it. “
Arum earlier informed ESPN.com that UFC’s Fox debut on November 12 would not affect viewership for the Pacquiao-Marquez pay-per-view.
“As far as we’re concerned, it is irrelevant, if Fox was to put on a top movie that night, it might be more competition. If Fox put on Manchester United that night, it would be more competition,” Arum said.
There won’t be much possibility of competition because UFC’s free TV event is scheduled to finish by 10 p.m. ET. The main event probably won’t start before 11:30 p.m. at the earliest even though the Pacquiao-Marquez pay-per-view is scheduled for a 9 p.m. start.
UFC officials said they were not attempting to go head-to-head with Pacquiao’s fight when Fox proclaimed the agreement last week. UFC actually traditionally has avoided running shows on the same nights as live bouts of the two biggest draws in boxing, Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather.
Arum and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer both have said that their market research advises that the overlap between boxing and MMA audience is in the single-digit percentages. White, who once supervised a boxing gym and taught as an amateur combatant, counts himself in that overlap; he has explained himself as a big fan of boxing.
But he has too frequently condemned the industry for what he perceives as poor practices.
Arum has never hid his dislike of MMA as a sport but he has admired UFC’s endorsement of mixed martial arts and said boxing can learn from it.