Issues challenge to "Pretty Boy" Floyd
Never at a loss for words, especially when the time comes to stand up for his sport, UFC President Dana White has responded to world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather's recent criticism of mixed martial arts.
Last week, the undefeated 29 year old Mayweather, Jr, who will face the biggest challenge of his career when he faces Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday, May 5th, was quoted as saying "UFC ain't shit. It ain't but a fad. Anyone can put a tattoo on their head and get in a street fight. We should put Liddell against a good heavyweight, under Mayweather Promotions, and if Chuck wins, then I’ll give him a million dollars out of my own pocket. These are guys who couldn’t make it in boxing."
White's response was equally bold. "He says he wants to pay Chuck Liddell a million dollars to fight with a heavyweight boxer and see if he'll last. How about this? How about we pay Floyd a million dollars to fight MMA and see how long he lasts," offered White. "Or even better ... I'll give him a million dollars of my own money if he boxes anyone other than Oscar (De La Hoya) and more than 10 people buy tickets."
Mayweather's harsh criticism is only the latest episode of a prominent boxing figure slamming mixed martial arts. Last December, former light heavyweight champion, Antonio Tarver, expressed a similar opinion during an interview as did British boxing promoter Frank Warren. After two-time heavyweight champion "Iron" Mike Tyson signed a contract to fight under the promotion of the K-1 organization in 2003, World Boxing Council (WBC) head, Jose Sulaiman, was quick to denounce the K-1 style of martial arts combat.
Considering his payday from the fight with De La Hoya is expected to be around the $20 million mark, its not likely that we will see Mayweather step in the octagon any time soon for the kind of money White has offered him.