Former boxing world champion turned promoter Oscar De La Hoya has one bold claim about the current state of the pay-per-view industry.
His comments regarding the pay television service came after the Ultimate Fighting Championship staged its final offering for 2018 last weekend. “Golden Boy,” who has a tough relationship with UFC’s top honcho, claimed that “PPV is dead” after Dana White said he is more ready to kick his ass out of the business.
In November 2018, De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotion hosted its inaugural mixed martial arts pay-per-view event, where it headlined a trilogy bout between UFC Hall Of Famers Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” scored his first win over his biggest rival and took home a $200 000-paycheck. “The Iceman”, meanwhile, made $250 000 from his return fight.
While both former UFC fighters received decent paychecks, some mixed martial artists were paid low salaries for their participation in Oscar De La Hoya’s first-ever MMA show, which did not sit well for UFC president. White savaged ‘The Golden Boy’ for promoting the Liddell vs Ortiz fight, insisting that his friend Liddell should not have come out of retirement. He also called De La Hoya a ‘cokehead junkie’ for paying some of his fighters $1000.
“Listen, I love Chuck Liddell and I don’t ever want to badmouth Chuck Liddell or even let people think I’m remotely badmouthing Chuck Liddell. But the reality is, first of all, I heard last week the cokehead, ‘Oscar De La Weirdo,’ is talking sh*t, that I don’t have any place to tell guys when to retire. “
“What the fuck are you talking about you cokehead junkie? Some of the guys on the card made $1,000 and $1,000. And he respects the fighters so much, he couldn’t remember their fucking names at the press conference.”
“PPV Is Dead”
When the UFC staged its final pay-per-view event last weekend, it was De La Hoya’s turn to savage its promotion chief for its fighters’ salaries. The main event winner, Jon Jones, took home a disclosed $500 000-payday and “Golden Boy” was not pleased. He took to Twitter to criticize Bones’ salary and responded to White’s statement in the post-fight presser, claiming that PPV is dead.
500k For Jones, Really?! @danawhite and you say you wanna battle. Wait till the fans realize that PPV is dead.
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) December 30, 2018
And when a Twitter user reminded him that he just promoted a PPV show last month, which reportedly sold a disappointing 25-30k buys, he went on to savage his own event, saying it was the reason why the industry is dead.
And that’s why it’s dead you dumb ass! https://t.co/lRWpOKJv1N
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) December 31, 2018
Recently, De La Hoya challenged White to a three-round boxing fight as the war of words between the two reached another level.
“Let’s get in the ring, three rounds. Let’s do this. Let’s do this under Canelo, Cinco de Mayo. I’ll even give you five months so you can get off the juice, and then we can get in great shape and then we go three rounds. Look, I’m going to give you what, a 50-pound advantage? It’s ok. I can take you on. Let’s do it.”
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