Scheduling Floyd Mayweather's comeback the week after UFC 100 in Las Vegas was proving to be a disaster. Fortunately "Pretty Boy"
suffered came up with an rib injury and the fight had to be moved. Bad news for fight fans. You'll have to choose between UFC 103 in Dallas and Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez on Sept. 19. UFC president Dana White told the Cofield and Cokin Show on ESPNRadio1100 that he heard this was coming:
"The powers that be wanted to steer him off that date. But he wanted that date, so it's on! The boxing guys are so stupid and small minded."
White said the original fight wasn't selling and he thinks the same will happen on the new date:
"It's a good thing he hurt his rib. I heard they sold about 12 tickets for that fight. He's good at playing the bad guy, but at the end of the day you can talk as much as you want but it's all about the fights."
White thinks Mayweather is blowing it by not taking the biggest possible fight out there in Manny Pacquiao:
"Big fights sell. This next fight with Floyd is not a big fight. I'm not very interested in that fight. If you have a big fight lined up, you both should absolutely take the fight because crazy things can happen."
He says Floyd can't produce big PPV numbers on his name alone and Marquez lacks starpower:
"Floyd Mayweather is pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world right now. I think he's that good (but) he's not a superstar. Floyd doesn't sell. Floyd plus another great fighter sells. You need two good fighters that people really want to see. It's not a fight people want to see."
White said the only boxer he would never tangle with was Oscar De La Hoya. Hopefully these boxing v. UFC pay-per-views don't become commonplace. Who wins this PPV battle? Can Floyd outsell UFC 103?
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