Jake Paul doesn’t expect his fight with Anderson Silva to make huge numbers.
Paul beat the UFC legend via unanimous decision in their boxing match last Saturday at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, even scoring a knockdown in round 8. Not only was that Paul’s most impressive victory by now, it was an entertaining comeback. round trip scrap.
But the YouTube star doesn’t think the pay-per-view numbers will reflect exactly that and explained why.
“The pre-purchases were going crazy,” Paul said on a recent episode of IMPAULSIVE. “High High high. And on Wednesday, when the news came out of Anderson saying he was knocked out or whatever, and the fight was in jeopardy, and all this press came out, the pre-buys went The general public sees it and goes, “Oh, that’s not happening. Tommy (Fury) pulled out, Hasim (Rahman Jr.) pulled out, ‘Oh, Jake f*cking Paul can’t not organize an event together. It’s done.’ It killed ticket sales. Boom, boom, boom, we’re still selling tickets that day. It all went to zero. …
“I think it will probably go around 200-300K, which is a little earth-shattering.”
Details emerged during fight week that Silva was knocked out in a fight the week before the fight, which “The Spider” later clarified was lost in translation. Paul also said the timing of the fight wasn’t ideal, sharing the same weekend as Halloween and major sporting events.
“Halloween, the World Series, Sunday football – it’s the worst time of the year to fight,” Paul said. “But guess what: I had to fight. All my fights from now on will be in the summer. There are no sports. There is like this perfect gap in July, at the beginning of August when there is no sport. And by the way, all my other fights were during COVID when nobody had anything to do and nothing to watch. … I had to fight this year. I just had to fucking do it. I’m sick of waiting.