Saturday, July 23, 2011

Floyd Mayweather is the 'Big Problem' in Boxing, According to Dana White

Dana White joined Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on WFAN-New York's "Boomer and Carton Show" on Wednesday. The UFC boss tackled a smorgasboard of topics, among them, Zuffa's Culinary Union conflict, fighter salary and incentives, and what's wrong with professional boxing.

The juice.
Dana comments on the state of boxing, pointing out that Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s "holding out" from fighting Manny Pacquiao is holding the sport back. White says that he is a huge Manny Pacquaio fan.

Listen here:

Points of discussion:

  • [2:15] Culinary Union conflict and MMA regulation in New York: Union is basically kicking itself in the ass by blocking the UFC. Zuffa could bring in millions of dollars to New York that would trickle down to Union workers the same way it did in Toronto (Zuffa paid a $1.5 million union fee for UFC 129 in Toronto). UFC in NY is good for union workers in NY.
  • [4:55] UFC's most popular fighter: Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Georges St. Pierre.
  • [5:15] Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz: UFC 133 on August 6 in Philadelphia.
  • [7:10] Fighter pay and incentives: Boxing has become two fighters with million dollar contracts "avoiding each other." The UFC "incentivizes" their fighters -- "If you don't do your job, you loose your job!".
  • [9:27] GSP!!! Georges St. Pierre is the UFC's biggest star.
  • 10:00 Boxing, Mayweather, and Pacquiao: Dana is a "HUGE" Pacquiao fan. Floyd is boxing's "big problem" because he is holding out on fighting Pacquaio.
  • [11:05] Zuff Revolution: Zuffa has "revolutionized" the fight industry. They offer all of their fighters health insurance. This move was unprecedented in the fight game.
  • [11:24] UFC Network: Zuffa hasn't purchased G4. A future UFC network is "possible".
  • [11:58] Military connections: UFC traning military and law enforcement and the Wounded Warrior program.
  • [12:32] Dana fitness: White hits the focus mitts with Skipper Kelp everyday and currently bench presses 300 lbs.

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