Dana White: Real fight fans love fights, boxing or MMA

by John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com

16,412 fans that packed Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena – nearly 1,600 more enthusiasts than the UFC has ever drawn to the venue – for Saturday's Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley event.

"I think boxing and the UFC can coexist," said UFC president Dana White who was among the sellout crowd. "I'm a big fight fan. When there's a good boxing match, I want to see it."

 "We don't look at it like we're in competition. People who are real fight fans are f------ fight fans, whether it's MMA or it's boxing."

The other seven bouts on the Pacquiao vs. Mosley essentially were meaningless to the boxing fans. When lightweight Karl Dargan kicked off the fight card with a decision win over Randy Arrellin. The bout bout was witnessed by no more than a few dozen family members and friends.

While not always full from the opening bell, the UFC consistently scores at least a few thousand people for the first fight of the night. In newer markets, the venues often are close to capacity for the first preliminary-card bout.

"It's because all the fights are good," White said. "You can't say you've never had a moment where we've got a fight going on and you say, 'S---, that Nate Diaz fight goes off at 5:30. I've got to be there for that fight.' There's so many good fights on the card, and you want to see them.

"The thing is with boxing that's different than us, they don't market their preliminary-card fighters. They don't promote the undercard."

"I think we've gotten to a place now where we've gained respect from people ... We're in a place now where we're a major sports league, and people respect us. Are we bigger than boxing? Are we bigger than something else? Listen, in the next 10 years, it's common sense.

"Right now, we're in a half-billion homes worldwide. We'll be in over a billion homes worldwide in the next few months. What's that going to do over the next 10 years? It's going to be a massive, huge sport. I always talk about the troubles boxing has. Boxing has a lot of problems and a lot of trouble. But whenever there's a big fight, and it happens, I'll be there to watch."

"The last time I went to the Pacquiao fight in Dallas, I tweeted that I was going to watch Pacquiao. I've got Pacquiao f------ tennis shoes. I've worn Pacquiao jackets. You've never seen me be afraid to promote boxing. I love watching Pacquiao fight.

"Boxing is a fun sport. When the right guys are fighting, you're going to want to watch it. When boxing has exciting fighters, boxing will do well."

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Schrute Boxe site profile image  

5/10/11 1:06 PM by Schrute Boxe

 Exactly... both sports are alive and well.

caposa site profile image  

5/9/11 9:24 PM by caposa

relow with the thread ender. I like watching boxing, kickboxing, mma, wrestling, bjj, tkd, judo and any other combat sport I have seen on TV or the Internet. These WWE crossovers act like you are insulting their family if you say you enjoy boxing

KingOfFighters site profile image  

5/9/11 8:54 PM by KingOfFighters

MMA fans drink keystone light and smoke malboro reds, while boxing connoisseurs drink johnny walker blue label on the rocks, and smoke cohibas.The difference is class.

PoundforPound site profile image  

5/9/11 7:23 PM by PoundforPound

Yeah, but no one is arguing that MMA is dying.The claim was made that boxing is dead, that's why it's necessary to list some of the young stars that are about to blossom. Just to educate the ignorant.

ThatsJustLikeYourOpinionMan site profile image  

5/9/11 3:53 PM by ThatsJustLikeYourOpinionMan

Jj implied it. Hey, you seen the new new thread?

Schrute Boxe site profile image  

5/9/11 3:47 PM by Schrute Boxe

 I don't recall anyone on this thread saying that.

ThatsJustLikeYourOpinionMan site profile image  

5/9/11 3:41 PM by ThatsJustLikeYourOpinionMan

The only reason I joined in is cause people were claiming boxing was greater than mma. I didn't start this argument so it's not that well put.

bsrizpac site profile image  

5/9/11 3:41 PM by bsrizpac

Wow. QFT

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5/9/11 3:38 PM by sgotwalks

^ Well put.

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5/9/11 3:33 PM by relow

The way to tell that most mma fans come from wwe and not other sports is their intolerance for other sports not named mma.Any sports fan watches and follows a number of sports and simply tunes out the ones they don't like. Yet these wwe kids are against anything that isn't mma or have to always compare and argue why their sport is better than anything else.Boxing and mma can absolutely coexist. Please stop trying to convince yourself that boxing is dying because it's not.