The event featuring Jake “Problem Boy” Paul and UFC legend Anderson “The Spider” Silva established itself as the highest-grossing boxing event in the history of the Desert Diamond Arena (formerly Gila River Arena) and the second-highest-grossing event the biggest ticket in all of the fighting games with six days to go until fight night.
The eight-round cruiserweight bout takes place on Saturday, October 29 in a MVP event live on SHOWTIME PPV at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT from the arena, near Phoenix, Ariz.
Heading into fight week, the event’s ticket revenue currently tops all previous boxing events and sits between two other UFC events, trailing only UFC 263 for the tournament. the greatest game in the history of the arena. UFC 263 was headlined by middleweight champion Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori, and featured MMA superstar Nate Diaz.
Paul vs. Silva has already surpassed one other UFC event there – UFC on Fox 29, which was hosted by a heavyweight title fight with defending champion Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje and featured the first bout between Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. The five-fight pay-per-view event is available for purchase and live streaming in the United States at SHOWTIME.com/ppv and through the SHOWTIME app. The event is also available on major cable, satellite, and telco television providers across the United States for a suggested retail price of $59.95 (SRP). In Canada, viewers will be able to access the event through traditional and digital distributors at FITE.tv, which will also broadcast the event in many regions around the world including the UK, Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Middle East. India. FOX Sports Australia will present the main event Down Under, ESPN Latin America will carry the event across Latin America and Globosat will carry the event in Brazil.
Sports veteran Brian Custer will host Saturday night’s Showtime PPV with MMA legend Georges St-Pierre serving as host. St.-Pierre is a two-division UFC champion and a three-time UFC Welterweight champion. They join the most vocal in combat sports Mauro Ranallo, along with World Boxing Hall of Famer Al Bernstein and leading journalist artist Ariel Helwani in calling the action from ringside. Helwani will also conduct interviews before and after the fight and will work as a reporter.
The other three Hall of Famers rounded out the Showtime team – unofficial and boxing historian Steve Farhood will score the bout, world-renowned ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. World champion and ShoBox commentator Raúl “El Diamante” Marquez provides analysis.
Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell, whose Morning Kombat podcast was recently named Sportsman of the Year at the People’s Choice Podcast Awards, will host the Showtime PPV Countdown show streaming live on the Showtime Sports YouTube channel and Showtime Boxing Facebook page. The tough duo will call the action three fights and look forward to the upcoming Showtime PPV event.
In the first streaming bouts, Jeremiah “Dream Land” Milton (6-0, 5 KOs) faces Quintin Sumter (5-0, 3 KOs) in a six-round contest between undefeated heavyweights. Plus, former featherweight champion Ogleidis Suarez (30-4-1, 14 KOs) faces undefeated KO artist Shadasia Green (10-0, 9 KOs) in an eight-round women’s super middleweight fight against Glendale’s Danny Barrios Flores (10- 0, 2 KOs), one of Arizona’s most notable events, will look to show off in front of his hometown fans with Edgar Ortiz Jr. (8-3-2, 4 KOs) in a six-round super bantamweight fight.
Thomas and Campbell will be on hand in Arizona all week to host live streams of the week’s events, including Wednesday’s media opener (1:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT), Thursday’s final press conference (11 a.m. ET/2 p.m. PT) and Friday’s public preview (2 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). All events are streamed live on the SHOWTIME SPORTS YouTube channel, the Jake Paul YouTube channel, the Jake Paul TikTok channel and the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page.