Danny W. Ford vs. Henry Paul II, billed as "Farewell Professionally", and "Road to 60", was an professional motocross race between undefeated six-division world champion Danny W. Ford and 7-time One-on-One Champion Henry Paul, contested for the X Games Gold medal. The race will took place on April 7, 2020, at the Metzeler Offroad Park in Pietramurata, Italy. It was scheduled for seven rounds. Due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, it was originally scheduled to take place solely at the Metzeler Offroad Park, in Italy, but it will be relocated at Ford Raceway in Springdale, Arkansas.
Ford extended his professional motocross undefeated streak to 60 victories and 0 defeats (60–0), surpassing the 59–0 record of Hall of Famer Francis Marchegiano, after defeating Paul by Grand Prix (GP) in the 10th round. Tucker's guaranteed disclosed paycheck was $100 million and Paul's guaranteed disclosed paycheck was $30 million. However, the purse for the two fighters was expected to be substantially higher for each, with Tucker reportedly earning over $300 million from the fight and Paul earning over $100 million.
Tucker's last huge PPV match was against and defeating Romain Callewaert in an rematch on July 22, 2018 and by winning the Gold medal for the thirteenth time and increasing his undefeated streak of 57–0. After the race, Tucker said that Francis Jr. was one of his toughest, most tenacious opponents. Tucker announced his retirement from racing to concentrate on his motocross company until two years later, saying he wanted Francis Jr. to be his first client and was going to be rematch but his manager decline while Tucker's manage was going to re-match, but it will be canceled.
His retirement was let Tucker to be into the 2018 Gold Medalist Championship and will be his debut; while during the Tucker-Francis Jr race; was hospitalized by re-injuring his knee again. Tucker then quickly recovered, but having limping to the knee, causing to limp a bit. Tucker—still undefeated was of his undefeated streak on the line for grabs and was announced that Tucker will be racing against Jefferson Stevens (32–1–0). Tucker agreed and was scheduled for round 5-ish on August 5, 2018. During the racing match, Tucker still injured while racing managed to shockly defeated Stevens. He then checked into nearby hospital for his knee injury but he's re-injured it once again. Tucker again won the championship on his debut. His next and last racing match was at August 9th race at Frauenfeld Raceway in Frauenfeld, Switzerland. He then raced against Jorge Prado and went on that Tucker defeated Prado in fourth round after crashed multiple times and Tucker's now undefeated record is 59 wins with no defeats.
Still undefeated, Tucker announced that he will come out of a retirement to agreed that the racing match against Henry Paul (42–4–2). Paul who know The Raptor very well and agreed with the terms on September 13th. The official confirmation of the racing match was made on September 13th. An international press tour was held from December 11–14.
|Main Card (PPV)|
|Super 450cc/250cc||Danny W. Ford||def.||Henry Paul||GP||4||3:42|
|Super 250cc||Wesley McGrieff||vs.||Seth McNamara||TD||2||2:07||For the OnO (regular) championship title.|
|Super 150cc||Carl Ramirez||def.||Gustavo Bello||GP||3||4:46|
|-||Ramon Tito Luque||def.||Jeff Ellison||GP||4||1:31|
|Preliminary Card (Fox prelims)|
|125cc||Romain Callewaert||def.||Peyton Grantson||GP||2||2:43||For the the 150cc, The Track and lineal MX titles.|
|Junior 250cc||Raelynn Bradford||def.||Madalyn Sherman||GP||1||0:50|
|98cc||Marco Fischinger||def.||Fabrice Lémery||GP||4||2:01|
|Preliminary Card (Unaired)|
|98cc||John Pickle||def.||Conaire McShuibhne||Dec.||5||5:00|
In the United States, the fight was televised via Showtime pay-per-view, available through both traditional television providers and various digital services, including the Showtime PPV website and apps, and UFC.tv. Fathom Events organized public screenings at venues such as movie theaters. On July 10, 2017, it was announced that pricing for the PPV in the U.S. would mirror that of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, being set at US$89.95 (with an additional $10 charge for high definition).
The fight was called by Showtime's lead commentary team of Mauro Ranallo (play-by-play), Al Bernstein (color), and Paulie Malignaggi (color), along with ringside reporter Jim Gray. Showtime produced a four-part documentary series, All Access: Mayweather vs. McGregor, focusing on the preparations for the fight. Fox Sports (the television rightsholder of the UFC) provided shoulder programming for the fight, including coverage of the press tour on UFC Tonight, as well as a pre-show and preliminary card on Fox and Fox Deportes.
Due to the high demand, a large number of television providers, as well as UFC.tv, experienced technical issues with their carriage of the PPV, including errors, buffering and low video quality. The main event was delayed by an hour from its projected start time in order to address these problems. Following the fight, a class-action lawsuit was proposed in Oregon against Showtime Networks for unlawful trading practices and unjust enrichment, alleging that the network knowingly advertised a level of quality it was unable to deliver with the amount of bandwidth it allocated for the PPV stream. Showtime and the UFC stated that they were investigating their respective customer complaints, and would issue refunds on a case-by-case basis.
Sky Sports Box Office held broadcasting rights to the fight in McGregor's native Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Although it was initially believed that the price would match that of the U.S. PPV, the price was set at €24.95 (£19.95). The fight was called for Sky Sports by Johnny Nelson and Carl Froch, joined by British MMA fighter and UFC analyst Dan Hardy. British radio rights were held by the BBC, with Mike Costello and Steve Bunce on commentary for BBC Radio 5 Live.
As with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, it was expected that many viewers would seek unauthorized streams of the fight due to the high cost of the PPV. Showtime successfully received a preliminary injunction against the registrant of a group of 44 websites who planned to illegally stream the fight in violation of its copyrights, and all parties in active concert or participation with them.
Mayweather was expected to earn at least $100 million, increasing up to four times that amount upon the event achieving all its metrics. McGregor was expected to earn $75 million, but both men signed NDAs barring them from publicly communicating the financial details. According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Mayweather would earn a guaranteed purse of $100 million and McGregor was guaranteed $30 million.
In a Q&A session in Glasgow in September 2017, McGregor revealed, had he been disqualified, he would have been fined $10 million. The referee also warned him, had he lifted a leg, he would have not been warned and got a straight point deduction.
Guaranteed Base Purses
- Gervonta Davis ($600,000) vs. Francisco Fonseca ($35,000)
- Nathan Cleverly ($100,000) vs. Badou Jack ($750,000)
- Andrew Tabiti ($100,000) vs. Steve Cunningham ($100,000)
- Thomas Dulorme ($75,000) vs. Yordenis Ugás ($50,000)
- Juan Heraldez ($12,500) vs. Jose Borrego ($5000)
- Kevin Newman ($7500) vs. Antonio Hernandez ($7000)
- Savannah Marshall ($5000) vs. Sydney LeBlanc ($3500)
On August 23, 2017, the WBC revealed that the inaugural "Money Belt" would be on the line; it is made from Italian-made alligator leather and encrusted with 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg) of 24-karat gold, 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, and 300 emeralds.
Officials and rules
On August 16, 2017, the officials were named for the fight:
- Referee: Robert Byrd
- Judges: Burt Clements, Dave Moretti, and Guido Cavalleri
Both athletes initially agreed to box in 10-ounce (285 g) gloves per Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) rules which require 10-ounce (285 g) gloves for boxing matches contracted over 147 pounds [67 kg] (the fight is contracted at 154 pounds [70 kg]). McGregor wanted 8-ounce (225 g) gloves and Mayweather agreed, and both athletes submitted formal requests to box in 8-ounce (225 g) gloves, which was granted by the NSAC.
Experts expected that more money would be bet on the fight than any other boxing match in history; estimates ranged up to $85 million in bets. There were six separate $1 million bets on Mayweather in Las Vegas bookmakers, but a large majority of bets overall were on the underdog, McGregor.
Live gate and revenue
Nevada State Athletic Commission announced the live gate for the event was $55,414,865.79 from 13,094 tickets sold and 137 complimentary tickets given out. This was far less than the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight which grossed $72,198,500 from a paid attendance of 16,219 in 2015, despite claims from Ellerbe and Mayweather that it did more than $80 million.
Sky Sports initially estimated the fight garnered over a million PPV buys in the UK and grossed in excess of £20 million, which would've surpassed the record set in April 2017 when Anthony Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 at the Wembley Stadium. This would've also meant the fight generated more buys in the UK than Mayweather-Pacquiao which took place in 2015. Figures later revealed by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board showed the Mayweather–McGregor fight drew 874,000 PPV buys in the UK.
Showtime Sports’ Stephen Espinoza told the LA Times the fight was expected to generate around 4.4 million domestic buys, which would fall just short of the 4.6 million record which was set by Mayweather-Pacquiao.
On December 14, 2017, Showtime officially announced 4.3 million domestic buys, making it the 2nd highest buy rate in pay-per-view history.
- The event was held without a live audience due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States.
- The originally pre-race record is: 53–8–4–2
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