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Old 07-31-2019, 07:32 AM
 
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Why is it that boxers are treated by the public better and are more respected than MMA fighters? Just look at the top 2 pro boxers- Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. They are treated like Gods or something. I just saw a video of Manny Pacquiao giving a speech at Oxford. You can see this in many interviews. But the best in MMA and it's like they are just ordinary people and ordinary fighters. Is it because being able to master boxing--- the actual boxing skills--- is seen more impressive than a guy who isn't the one of the greatest in a discipline and is just mediocre in all fighting disciplines?
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Old 08-05-2019, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I think people in general just don't understand wrestling and BJJ. So when they see it they just don't appreciate it.

Boxing is pretty simple, people know what to expect.
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:38 PM
 
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MMA fighters mediocre? Put a top boxer and a top MMA fighter in the ring and let see who is mediocre.
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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I actually thought it was the other way around MMA was the hot ticket, and boxing was seen as old-fashioned?
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Old 08-17-2019, 09:33 AM
 
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Pretty ugly sport. Long term CTE may not take as long to appear with MMA participants. The league have enough in their coffers to pay them when the lawsuits emerge?
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Old 08-20-2019, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Galewood
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Maybe because they’re too busy punching old men in the Irish Pubs...here’s looking at you Connor
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Old 08-22-2019, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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I dunno, Floyd knocks the **** out of women and nobody seems to bat an eye.

Pacman is a Senator too so maybe thats why hes giving speeches.

Boxing is donkeys years old and is respected by almost everyone. MMA is still a savage sport to people who didnt grow up with it, they just dont "get it". MMA is a young sport in comparison to boxing. Itll get there though I think.
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Old 08-22-2019, 03:31 PM
 
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Why is it that boxers are treated by the public better and are more respected than MMA fighters? Just look at the top 2 pro boxers- Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. They are treated like Gods or something. I just saw a video of Manny Pacquiao giving a speech at Oxford. You can see this in many interviews. But the best in MMA and it's like they are just ordinary people and ordinary fighters. Is it because being able to master boxing--- the actual boxing skills--- is seen more impressive than a guy who isn't the one of the greatest in a discipline and is just mediocre in all fighting disciplines?
Some of them are pretty famous.

Boxers make more $ and boxing is still the more popular sport.

Though it's turning.

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MMA fighters mediocre? Put a top boxer and a top MMA fighter in the ring and let see who is mediocre.
Last had I checked that had been done...

How'd it turn out?
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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MMA fighters mediocre? Put a top boxer and a top MMA fighter in the ring and let see who is mediocre.
A top boxer is going to destroy a top MMA fighter at boxing.
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Old Today, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Boxing is still more popular, don't forget boxing is a prizefighting sport that has been around a very long time, and has a rich and storied past. MMA as we know it today has only been around 25 years or so. In the beginning it had to fight against the image of it being barbaric, and in many places it still is. Even the rules continue to change and evolve. Bottom line, the sport is still in its infancy stages.

However, regardless of popularity, it does seem to me that UFC fighters don't truly get paid their market value, and they aren't well taken care of. The fighters might need to unionize to change that. This might be due to the fact that UFC is the premiere promotion, whereas in boxing you have lots of competing promotions. This gives Dana White and the UFC all the negotiating leverage.

Another thing that's been unfortunate for UFC fighters at least from a financial perspective is the UFC's deal with Reebok. UFC fighters would be able to make a LOT more money in endorsements if not for that.
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