Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mayweather beats the UFC

2009, a year in which Mayweather was partially retired, proved to be a good year for "Money"

After all the hoopla, essentially two fighters beat out a host of top-notch MMA fighters and a Don King-esque promoter. Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez, two future Hall of Famers each weighing less than half of UFC's biggest superstar, Brock Lesnar, combined to pull in more than 1 million PPV buys and generating $52 million dollars. Not bad for a boring fighter in a dying sport.

It's sad that both combat sports have been reduced to bashing each other in order to gain attention. As far as this writer is concerned, both sports will have to co-exist as they will be supported fully.

And to all the fans that say Mayweather doesn't fight, they need to open their eyes. How many people can dance past Marquez? He was simply too small an slow for the naturally bigger Mayweather. There are only three fighters who stand a better than even chance at beating Mayweather: Paul Williams, Shane Mosely, and Floyd Mayweather.

Manny Pacquiao is not as versatile, too straight forward. Miguel Cotto lacks speed and boxing technique. But this is boxing and all it takes is one punch.

Now, hopefully these silly, PPV wars/fights can go away. Put them on mainstream television and watch the ratings skyrocket (and advertisers pay dearly).

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