”I understand the business of boxing at this point, and to even begin negotiations at $2 million is an insult, and everybody in the sport of boxing knows the welterweight division is the hottest division in boxing,” Shawn Porter told ALHI TV
“We command a lot of money, we command a lot of attention, and this fight will do all of that and more. For him [Bob Arum] to say that he’s old-fashioned and for him to say that $1 million isn’t chump change, it’s not chump change for somebody else, but to Shawn Porter, it’s chump change”
“Here’s the thing. You offered Kell brook $2 million because you knew $2 million would get Kell Brook in the ring, and that $2 million was enough for him, It’s not enough for Shawn Porter. However, you know the only way you can stay away from Shawn Porter and try and justify it by saying $1 million is not chump change”
“I’m paraphrasing because you really don’t want Terence Crawford to have that fight. You know that I’m going to say, ‘No,’ and you’re going to tell people, ‘Well, hey, a million dollars is a whole lot of money. He’s got a couple of losses, and he doesn’t have any belts, and where’s the risk and the reward?”
“I can say everything you’re going to say, Bob. And I know everything you’re going to say. I understand it. However, it’s not acceptable, it doesn’t make sense, and I can guarantee that if there are fans in the stands, we will fill up whatever stadium you want to take it to,” said Porter.