Madison Square Garden is pushing back on the claim that the Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman Jr. fight card was canceled due to poor ticket sales.
Last weekend, the boxing event that was to be presented by Paul and Rahman this Saturday at Madison Square Garden was canceled. Paul’s promotion, Most Valuable Promotions, alleged that Rahman was having weight loss issues and the fight was canceled for “health and safety” reasons. After UFC 277, UFC president Dana White said he thinks the cancellation had more to do with a bad door and Paul’s relationship with a former UFC employee than anything else. thing.
On Thursday, a rep for MSG spoke with MMA Fighting to try to clear up the box office side of things.
“To be clear, sales were strong heading into fight week – the cancellation was not based on ticket sales,” the rep wrote. “This fight was to be in the top 10 highest grossing boxing events at MSG for the past 15 years.”
It was also noted in the statement that fight week is “traditionally the strongest selling week” when it comes to boxing events.
Earlier this week, Paul’s business partner, MVP co-promoter and former UFC chief financial officer Nakisa Bidarian also said ticket sales were trending strongly and had nothing to do with the cancellation. of the event.
Rahman, on the other hand, claimed that Paul was looking for a way out of the fight by adding additional weigh-ins and obstacles. Rahman said he still plans to gain 205 pounds on Friday regardless of the cancellation.
MSG hosted the hugely successful boxing event in April with Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano – who was scheduled to compete in Saturday’s card co-main event against Brenda Carabajal – who was co-promoted by MVP.
“MVP have been great partners and we look forward to working with them again soon,” the rep said.