Came across this somewhere else. Anyone here know anything?
"Apparently it was seen on Setanta Sports. Today, shockingly, Floyd Mayweather Jr announced his retirement from boxing, turning down a 20 million pay day vs DLH (De La Hoya) in the process.
Dana White, today in England, mentioned to a reporter that mma is ‘due to have an all star caliber boxer make the jump to mma to help legitimize the sport’.
He is a little fellah so he would be fighting people like Faber, Sherk etc etc but god damn that would be crazy. Apparently he has been training BJJ for almost a year.
Just a rumor, but Dana already said there is a HUGE announcement at tomorrows UFC. I thought he was going to announce a TV deal but this…crazy".
While he’d have to take a paycut, I think they could still afford Pretty Boy. They’re a 2 Billion dollar company… if they crack the vault open (as Tim Sylvia said) to pay Floyd Mayweather they would be forced to pay other fighters more.
But Dana White said the announcement is HUGE and will have basically guide where the sport is going in the next 10 years which is a huge statement. I don’t know if Floyd Mayweather is the next 10yrs though he might mean that kind of athlete (which really is shitting on the other elites in the sport currently to say that).
I don’t like Dana White… I have all sorts of problems with him. But I do believe that the way this shit is run, that its not nearly as easy as people think. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes that we don’t know that make it a lot harder than we think to keep the UFC a float. If it was easy than all these fly by night organizations would still be around.
A lot of this shit as dana white said, “Is smoke and mirrors”.
I’m POSITIVE there are things they could do better, but with the available business models, and how they make their money their options are limited.
Hopefully they’re not as stupid as they seem though.