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Dana White: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Is One of the Big Problems in Boxing

Dana White is an outspoken character and his brash attitude has helped build the UFC into the powerful sports organization it is. Though he has several faults and his business lacks in several areas, the UFC is miles ahead of boxing in at least one area: matchmaking. If fans want to see a fight, he makes it happen. Boxing is different; it’s run by individual fighters and promoters. Because of that, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has avoided fighting Manny Pacquiao (and fighting in general). That’s why White says Mayweather is “what’s wrong with boxing.”

Here’s what White had to say during an interview on WFAN in New York this week:

“I’m a huge, huge Manny Pacquiao fan. He is boxing right now. Floyd Mayweather, and Floyd and I go way back and I told Floyd to his face too, Floyd is one of the big problems with boxing. Holding out, not taking this fight with Manny Pacquiao, and doing what he’s doing. I think Manny Pacquiao is boxing. Everything about him is positive and I love the guy.”

Even though White is in the MMA business and has a history with Floyd as Rick Chandler notes, I think White is just being honest. White runs the UFC from a fan’s perspective; he puts on the fights he and they want to see. He doesn’t make those comments because he dislikes boxing (he still watches the top matches), he says it as a fight fan who wants to see the best matchups.

But getting back to the core of White’s assertion, I disagree. The problem with boxing is that it’s run by individuals rather than one league the way MMA essentially is (the UFC has become the preeminent brand in MMA). If Floyd feels it’s not worth it to get his head bashed on more than is necessary, why should he? He’s in boxing for himself, not for anyone else.

In contrast, the UFC is building a brand stronger than any of its fighters. The structure of boxing is the biggest problem with boxing. Floyd Mayweather Jr. does not have the best interests of the sport in mind, but he’s more a symptom of the biggest problem than he is the problem itself.


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  • http://twitter.com/mbungle Simon Cason

    “Though he has several faults and his business lacks in several areas,
    the UFC is miles ahead of boxing in at least one area: matchmaking.”

    Oh Please, Do explain how the Fastest Growing Sport in N.America, maybe even the world, how Dana’s business “lacks” in “several areas”. I have to hear this. You first, then I’ll show you where you are wrong.

  • Gene

    “Fastest growing” is a meaningless statement.  When  Company A grows from 100 to 110, it is growing at a 10% rate, while Company B, which grows from 5 to 10 has grown by 100%.  However, Comapany A has made a greater absolute gain.  Larry is right that in the long run, MMA needs names to ultimately succeed.   Look at the NBA.  It achieved its biggest success when the emphasis switched from teams to starts in the 1980′s.  Today it is driven by names like LeBron, Kobe, DWade, Dirk, etc. 

    Boxing is indeed going through a “down” period and MMA has capitalized.   But very few MMA fighters are able to attain outstanding won-loss records and then keep them intact.  Eventually fans will want to see a match up of stars and not just the event itself and its popularity will drop.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_455ZCWARPBOVJ53GHOTNIXFMWU Seymour

    LBrown is one of the biggest Maynever supporters, doesnt surprise me that he takes issue with Dana White’s factual comment. Its ludicrous to think that a journalist who prides himself on the business of boxing favors a self centered jerk like Maynever. “If Floyd feels it’s not worth it to get his head bashed on more than is necessary, why should he? He’s in boxing for himself, not for anyone else.”  

    Than why as fans do we need to support Maynever, her recent comments about the fans dont pay her bills, suggests she doesnt need us and that comments like White’s is warranted.