UFC President Issues Challenge to Floyd Mayweather

20.04.07 - By Mark Pickering: UFC President Dana White today issued the latest battle shot at boxing and a challenge to the sport’s pound-for-pound best prizefighter, Floyd Mayweather. Speaking at the promotion’s press conference ahead of Saturday’s UFC 70 – Nations Collide card at the MEN Arena, Manchester, White was angered by Pretty Boy Floyd’s recent outburst that targeted the entire mixed martial arts fraternity.

The four-division world-champion described the sport as a fad and labelled the combatants as guys who couldn’t make it in the sweet science. Despite Mayweather being reluctant to step into the octagon and favouring the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s 205-pound kingpin, Chuck Liddell, facing off with one of his colleagues White proposed a clash between UFC lightweight champion Sean ‘The Muscle Shark’ Sherk (155-pounds) and ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’, with the 36-year-old former amateur boxer financing the purse..

While his invitation at this stage can be construed as promotional bluster, it’s the latest instalment in the bitter feud between the sweet science and thriving mixed martial arts.

The recurrent issue during White’s forays across the pond has been criticism from outspoken boxing promoters and the fiery debate quickly resurfaced when he fielded questions from the British media.

Remarks from Sport’s Network founder Frank Warren, Britain’s most established boxing promoter and a long-time detractor of the sport, who described MMA as a ‘fifteen minute wonder’ were referenced to the dismay of the UFC President.

White expressively reposted to the English promoter’s words: “The UFC aren’t the bad guys – we’re not destroying boxing, they’re doing that themselves.”

“I’m using boxing as a road map of what not to do.”

Article posted on 20.04.2007

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