Although the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight generated more money than some countries do in a year, Junior dos Santos still believes that MMA is bigger than boxing.
As you know, for weeks leading up to their May 2nd bout, Mayweather and Pacquiao dominated headlines. Not just in the sporting world either; the long awaited fight generated a ton of buzz in the main stream. Case in point, cable providers reportedly had trouble processing all the pay-per-view buys.
Now, it should also be noted that other boxing matches have pulled some big ratings in recent months as well, so, clearly, the sport is doing just fine. But, where does it stand in comparison to MMA? If that’s important to you?
Well, recently dos Santos was asked to weigh-in on this question, while appearing on “The MMA Hour” (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“When I can I watch it because I love boxing, I really like to watch a boxing fight, but it’s hard to be watching, especially here in Brazil. When I can, for sure I watch it,” JDS said. “For sure, the UFC and MMA became way bigger than boxing. Of course, the athletes in boxing make a lot of money, that’s the biggest difference. For sure, we are as famous as they are. We are bigger than boxing now.”
How about that? Chances are not everyone will agree with JDS, even if they enjoy watching MMA more. A lot of folks weren’t overly thrilled with the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, since it went down like most pundits said it would. Mayweather’s defense, footwork and counterpunching would deliver a decision win, and that’s what happened.
While taking about the bout itself, JDS relayed: “I think Floyd Mayweather did a great job because I think he connected the better punches, and that’s why he won.”
Dos Santos continues to recover from surgeries he underwent after decisioning Stipe Miocic, and hopes to return to action sometime in the fall.