If you thought the new FOX deal would stop Dana White from talking shit when he felt like it, you wuz wrong. Bob Arum, boxing promoter for Manny Pacquiao, apparently isn’t very happy about the UFC piggybacking their debut off Manny’s fight on November 12th. So he said some vaguely negative things to ESPN:
Arum didn’t say where he got his statistics from, but he claimed that less than 5 percent of the viewers who watch UFC also watch boxing, so it wouldn’t have an impact on the PPV.
“There is no competition,” he said. “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 the mere notion of a competition, however, would “energize cable systems to really go full bore [to promote the PPV] because the 800-pound gorilla [Fox] has thrown a dare at them trying to hurt them” by putting the free UFC event on against Pacquiao-Marquez.
So Dana White of course responds by calling Bob a jealous moron, greedy pig, and expletive explitive:
“Let me tell you what: Todd Arum went crazy when he found out that we were going the same night as them,” White told Yahoo! Sports. “He went crazy and called everyone in the industry flipping out. And 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. You never invested a dime into the sport of boxing to make it great, to make it last, to create a future for boxing. He’s nothing but a greedy pig and his jealousy shows non-stop.”
I think it was the ‘UFC’s going to do low ratings’ insinuation that got to him. Dana’s walking tall with his new girlfriend, so don’t go telling people’s he’s got a tiny penis right now or he’s liable to freak out.