Heavyweight boxing phenom Anthony Joshua, who captured the WBO title and retained the WBA, IBF and IBO belts with his unanimous decision win over Joseph Parker back in March, was reportedly offered $500 million to ink with the newly-formed ZUFFA Boxing promotion.
I guess Dana White never got the memo.
The Las Vegas fight boss denies making an offer to the 21-0 pugilist. In fact, they have yet to even sit down and chat, though White did reveal plans to make the British boxer big in the Unites States, thanks to his combat sports marketing muscle.
“I never made him an offer,” White told reporters in Liverpool. “We were supposed to meet. But we never met, we never talked money and we never did anything. It was never like I was trying to move in and steal him from (Eddie) Hearn.”
White doesn’t poach fighters (only Salmon).
“The deal was that I felt we could a lot of value to them in the United States,” he continued. “He’s big in England, everybody knows who he is in England. And I have the machine to make him big in the United States.”
Now that Floyd Mayweather has retired (we think) and Manny Pacquiao has decayed, stateside boxing fans have little reason to cough up the pay-per-view (PPV) bucks, despite the influx of new and exciting talent like Errol Spence Jr., among others.
I guess when all else fails, enter the Octagon.