Editor’s Note: This article was originally published at MMAJunkie.com.
Paul (5-0), the notorious YouTuber boxer, will face what many consider his toughest test against former longtime UFC middleweight champion Silva (3-1) . The pair met in an eight-round, £180 match on October 29 at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Ariz. The card airs on Showtime’s pay-per-view channel.
The hype for the contest was already in full swing. Paul and Silva recently did a two-city media tour where they talk to each other and engage in pre-match confrontations. Paul said the promotion hasn’t reached its climax yet, with a special “Unlimited” series and more still to come.
If all goes well, Paul reckons that the combination of Silva’s fan base with his own will make for a blockbuster event that could create a trend in excess of half a million pay-per-buys. view
“I think this is going to be the biggest pay-per-view (of my career),” Paul told MMA Junkie Wednesday. “I would be happy with anywhere from 300-500,000, but I think it could go up to anywhere like 600 or 700,000, depending on how the fight week goes and the promotion and if ‘Unlimited’ works fine. I think for sure this could be the biggest event.”
After kicking off his boxing career with victories over former MMA champions Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren, Paul has tried to move on to his desire to publicly fight a “real boxer”. with scheduled matches against Tommy Fury and Hasim Rakhman Jr. Paul went to a match with an MMA legend in Silva.
With much of the MMA community against Paul, Silva has been reluctant to say that he represents his old sport in the ring.
Paul, however, begs to differ.
“He definitely represents the MMA community. I think he just didn’t want that pressure, maybe because even Tyron (Woodley) said the same thing,” Paul said. “Obviously they are representing the MMA community, and a lot of MMA fans want to see me lose, because there is a feud between all of us. So he’s definitely representing his legacy and all that. And the reason this fight happened is because Dana White said I wouldn’t do it. So I had to double-check his bluffing behavior and prove to everyone, including him, that I wasn’t afraid of Anderson Silva. … So this is definitely MMA compared to myself. “
When the night of the teamfight came, Paul said he would be at his best. He doesn’t see judges as necessary for this fight and expects to get the job done in the distance.
“Beat him by Round 5 – that was my prediction and I strongly, strongly believe in it,” Paul said. “Respectfully knock him down. With love and grace and a kiss. “