Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fought on Saturday, May 2nd 2015 and it was boring af.
In fact, there was an unbelievable amount of hype surrounding the fight, the purse was around $180 million, Justin Bieber was involved in Floyd's opening introduction, entire countries were uniting behind their respective fighters, and the marketing for the damn thing was through the roof.
But the fight was boring.
Do you think that the UFC would ever put out any product as underwhelming as that? Probably not, right. Well, HBO Boxing's Jim Lampley thinks quite the opposite... at least as far as numbers are concerned.
He thinks that the UFC can never produce an event as epic or as large money-wise than boxing was capable of putting on with those two fighters.
Here's what he told Bill Simmons on his podcast.
"[UFC] make the top people fight against the top people. It's more like the NFL model where any given Sunday top guys are going to fight top guys. But of course what that eliminates for them is the pinnacle event. When everybody has four to five losses you can't put together Mayweather-Pacquiao because the public wants to see people rise up way above the normal universe and then get together in some sort of summit meeting and that's when you get the million buy Pay-Per-View, or in the case with Mayweather-Pacquiao the 4.4 million buy PPV.
"UFC will never be able to construct an event like that as long as they use the model they're using. I'm not saying it's wrong. I think there are intelligent reasons for them to do what they do but we're always going to have the bigger showcase events when they happen."
Then, when Bill Simmons mentioned that the UFC puts on more consistently high-quality events, Lampley doubled down, essentially.
"That's why they're doing so well. It's a lesser amount of rounds and shorter rounds and it's more violent so it suits cyber-era attention spans better than the 12-round fight does. There are a lot of reasons why for young people at this moment the UFC is probably more popular that boxing, but we're not going away.
"We're not evaporating from the landscape. We still have a certain cache which goes with 125 years of gloved prize fighting existence and all the socio-political impact that our fighters have had."
What do you think?
Should MMA fans feel insulted by these comments from one of the main boxing personalities out there?