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Bob Arum: Dana White couldn’t work under the Muhammad Ali Act

The Top Rank promoter responds to White’s plans to enter boxing.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

In this video with Fight Hub TV, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum talks about UFC president Dana White’s plans to enter boxing with his Zuffa Boxing brand.

Arum on Dana White planning to launch Zuffa Boxing:

“Let him see how it is to work under the Muhammad Ali Act, and hopefully he’ll put all his UFC fighters subject to that act.

“It’s a federal statute that protects fighters and managers from promoters.

“One thing I’m sure is gonna happen is they’ll be a lot of pressure on him now to get rid of those lobbyists for the UFC who are in Washington who are preventing the Muhammad Ali Act from taking effect in Mixed Martial Arts.”

On how that could affect White in UFC if White doesn’t manage the fighters:

“Then there shouldn’t be a problem being under the Muhammad Ali Act. But you gotta make disclosures and all of that. Believe me, Dana can’t operate under the Muhammad Ali Act.”

On what challenges White would face entering boxing:

“Well that’s up to him. Let him find out.”

On how he would feel about White entering boxing:

“If he gets licensed, why shouldn’t he come?

“The UFC, he should really watch his own business because the UFC pay-per-view numbers have disappeared. They’re nothing. Nobody is tuning in anymore. That’s what he should be concentrating on rather than going into another sport.”

On why he thinks UFC’s PPVs are declining:

“Because they’re not sticking to the business. They’re just not doing the job they should do.”

On if he would work with White in boxing:

“I don’t know if I’d work with him, I don’t know what that means. If he had a fighter that wanted to fight my fighter, of course. But I’m not gonna ‘work with him’, I don’t work with anybody.”

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