Jake Paul is expecting a ton of attention for his boxing match with Anderson Silva once fight night rolls around.
Paul (5-0), a popular YouTuber, will face what he believes will be his toughest test yet against former UFC middleweight champion Silva (3-1). The pair will meet in an eight-round, 180-pound bout on Oct. 29 at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Ariz. The card will be broadcast on Showtime pay-per-view.
The glory for the competition is already in full swing. Paul and Silva recently did a two-city media tour where they talked about the fight and engaged in a pre-fight rivalry. Paul said that the promotion has also not reached its boiling point with a special “All Access” series, and more is yet to come.
If all goes smoothly, Paul thinks the combination of Silva’s fans and his own should produce a blockbuster event that could fetch more than half a million pay-per-views.
“I think it’s going to be the biggest pay-per-view (of my career),” Paul told MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “I’d be happy with 300,000 to 500,000, but I think it could be anywhere up to 600,000 or 700,000 depending on how the fight week goes and the promotion and if ‘All Access’ does well. I think this could definitely be the biggest.”
After kicking off his boxing career with wins over former MMA champions Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren, Paul tried to tap into the public’s desire to fight a “real boxer” with scheduled bouts against Tommy Fury and Hasim Rahman Jr. Paul went on to fight MMA legend Silva.
Despite rooting for most of the MMA community, Silva doesn’t want to say he represents his former sport inside the ring.
But Paul begs to differ.
“He definitely represents the MMA community. I think he doesn’t want that pressure, maybe because even Tyron (Woodley) said the same thing,” Paul said. “Obviously, they represent the MMA community and tons of MMA fans want defeat me because there is a conflict between us all. So he’s definitely representing his heritage and everything. And the reason this fight is happening is because Dana White said I’m not going to do it. So I had to check his bluff and prove to everyone, including him, that I’m not afraid of Anderson Silva. … So it’s definitely MMA and I think myself.
When fight night arrives, Paul said he will be at his best. He doesn’t see the need for referees for this fight and expects them to do it within the distance.
“Knock him out before round 5 – that’s my prediction and I’m strong and confident in that,” Paul said. “Knock him out with respect. With love and grace and kisses.”