Bob Sapp is a pioneer of MMA. He is also one of the MMA pros that are always mentioned when people discuss PEDs and monstrous physique.
Sapp has been targeting a major payday as of late. Initially Sapp was in talks with Mike Tyson but those talks fell through.
Prior to seeking an exhibition, Sapp was a well-known competitor in Pride, Rizin, and K-1.
This time Sapp is gearing to be a part of a must-see event so he set his sight on the tiny boxer Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao was a World champion among 4 different weight classes.
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)||
5 ft 5+1⁄2 in (166 cm)
|Weight||329 lb (149 kg)||
from 112 lb (51 kg) upto 147 pounds (≈67 kg)
In spite of his September 2017 retirement from boxing, Pacquiao is now prepared to return to the sport. Pacquiao has agreed to compete in a December exhibition match against YouTuber DK Yoo. Yoo is a martial artist on YouTube who demonstrates his “Warfare Combat System” to viewers.
In recent years, the notion of former MMA pros taking on social media personas has greatly expanded. The popularity of these exhibitions has increased with the debut of Jake Paul. He has been competing against former UFC athletes. Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has participated in a few exhibitions throughout the years.
Sapp has participated in over 60 professional bouts and is a former kickboxer and MMA pro.
Recently, Sapp made reference to Pacquiao in a video. According to World Boxing News:
“Manny accept this fight. I’ll treat you like a mosquito. I’m in shape too because Manny, I understand, he’s buzzing around [all the time in the ring].”
“He may have a shot at me just like keeping a gun right here and shooting at me. But I’m a tank; it’s just going to bounce off.”
Pacquiao has not yet responded to Sapp’s challenge, and it seems doubtful that he ever would. Sapp is seeking a major payday – but Pacquiao likely has a lot more opportunities considering he’s among the world record holders for most PPV buys thanks to his bout with Floyd Mayweather.
That bout generated a record 4.4 million pay-per-view buys at the time, HBO and Showtime announced, topping the previous record of 2.5 million set by the 2007 event between Mayweather and Oscar de la Hoya. Since then, Mayweather managed to come close with 2017 professional outing against Conor McGregor which did 4,300,000 ppv buys.