Remember last year where Dana White gleefully went head to head against boxing on PPV and got his butt kicked? This year he seems to have learned a lesson from that and has decided to move Montreal’s May 1st event a week back to May 8th in order to avoid competing against boxing’s Floyd Mayweather vs Shane Mosley fight – a match borne from the smoldering wreckage of a failed Mayweather / Pacquiao bout. Bravo on that one boxing. Bravo.
But just because he’s moving though doesn’t mean Dana isn’t going to bark a bit about it:
“We were trying to not go the same night as boxing but these [expletive] guys can’t get out of their own way,” White told Cagewriter. “I have never seen anything so unorganized, selfish and dysfunctional as boxing. It’s a joke!”
Even with the move, there might still be a conflict: another boxing bout featuring Juan Manuel Marquez was originally scheduled for the 1st and may be pushed back to the 8th as well. But I don’t think Dana will be as concerned with competing against him … while Marquez has pulled solid numbers in fights against Mayweather (1 million) and Pacquiao (400k), without a big opponent to pull promotional weight he sits more around the 200k number.
Besides, the key factor is in making sure your fight is the ‘It’ event for the evening. Against Mayweather, the UFC would be outgunned and the press would flock to Mayweather / Mosley. With Marquez, you only lose the boxing fans, and most of those people don’t watch MMA anyways.