It's no secret that the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing match earlier this year was one of the most successful sporting events of this year - and of all time.
Two of the biggest stars the combat sports world has ever seen went head-to-head inside the boxing ring; Floyd Mayweather who was undefeated against some of the most elite boxers the word has ever seen, and Conor McGregor who is the biggest star in mixed martial arts (MMA) history
As expected, McGregor was unable to get the job done as he was finished by "Money" in the 10th round via TKO after eating a barrage of unanswered shots. Despite the defeat, the bout bulked up the pockets of all parties involved.
So much so that it seems UFC President Dana White is ready to get into the boxing business. White was recently interviewed by The Los Angeles Times where he admitted that he's 100 percent getting into boxing (quotes via Boxing Scene):
“I am getting into boxing, 100 percent. It’s still early. We’re still working on it. I’ve got to get my [stuff] together, but I’m getting into boxing, man. It’s coming.
"We still have to get some homework done. I feel like I can do it better than everyone else. I love the sport.”
White is very confident that a lot of fighters will begin to gravitate towards the UFC once they see how things are handled within the promotion:
“I just know how good we are at what we do, and I know we’re better than pretty much everybody else out there,” White said to Jim Rome's Podcast.
“I think that the guys who are involved in boxing, the fighters, would enjoy being under this umbrella and fighting for us, and yeah, I do think would could do it better than everybody else does. So what the hell, why not give it a shot?”
“We’re the best. We’re the best at what we do. We think about the future. If you look at this facility that we’re in now (the UFC Performance Institute), a state-of-the-art facility with every piece of equipment you can think about as far as recovery, getting stronger.
"We have a restaurant here that they eat at everyday for free, costs nothing for the fighters to come here and do all this stuff.
"Plus, we have a physical therapy center where all the fighters can come in and get physical therapy for free.
“On top of, I think we do our events better than they do, our production is better than the production that’s out there. I think everything in this business that you could possibly do, we do better, and we have health insurance for our fighters.”
What are your thoughts on Dana White wanting to get the UFC involved in promoting boxing events after the success of Mayweather vs. McGregor? Do you think this could prove to be a successful venture for the company? And just how big could Zuffa boxing get if Dana White decides to actually pull the trigger on this move? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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