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Midnight Mania! Michael Rapaport rages against ‘fake fighter’ Jake Paul: ‘Take a real drug test!’

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So, uhh, why isn’t Jake Paul boxing Hasim Rahman Jr. this weekend?

The answer depends on who you ask. Per the Paul camp, Rahman Jr. tried to shift the weight class from 200 to 215 pounds at the last moment, which was simply too far for the smaller man. UFC President Dana White doesn’t buy that story, however, blaming the event cancellation on poor ticket sales.

Consider Fox Sports’ Michael Rapaport on White’s side in this regard. Rapaport’s ire against Paul was so severe that the actor pulled over on the side of the road to film a rant against the “fake fighter,” also begging him to fight real opposition and take real drug tests.

Check it out below:

“Fake Paul, don’t front, stop the lying and the bullcrapping! Your fight that was supposed to go down in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, didn’t get cancelled cause of some weight thing to the fake fighter that you were gonna fight in Madison Square Garden. It got cancelled cause no one bought tickets! Because the ghosts of Madison Square Garden, the same arena where Ali fought Fraiser, where Jake LaMotta fought “Sugar” Ray Robinson, where HULK HOGAN FOUGHT ANDRE THE GIANT, Madison Square Garden ... They did not want to see you in there.

“No one bought tickets to that fake fight, Fake Paul. You’re not a fighter, you wanna be a real fighter, fight a real fighter, take a real drug test. The ruse, the con, the bulljive is over! Fake Paul!”

I love an impassioned rant like anyone else, but does no one find it amusing bringing up Hulk Hogan in a diatribe about real fighters and drug tests? Regardless, it’s impossible to name the real reason for the bout’s cancellation without insider info.

Stay tuned for Paul’s next move, which may or may not include one Nathan Diaz.

UPDATE: A Madison Square Garden representative has reached out to and confirmed that ticket sales for the Paul vs. Rahman Jr were very strong. Full details HERE!


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