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Boxer Jeff Lacy: "MMA is a fad, not a sport."

Jeff Lacy made some interesting” comments when asked about MMA at a press conference held to hype his upcoming fight with Peter Manfredo Jr. He’ll be facing Manfredo on the under card of the Hatton-Mayweather fight. Below are some of the comments he made about MMA:

“I don’t think that we really paid much attention to them. I see that as a fad, to tell you the truth. To me it’s not a sport. I used to see that in my old neighborhood in the Bronx. The fact of the matter is if you look at it with all their hype and all the rest of the stuff, Oscar de la Hoya verses Mayweather itself in the aggregate grossed as much as almost all of their MMA fights of the year, one fight,” Lacy said. “Now you’re going to add this card that’s coming up now, between the two cards, they out-grossed the entire MMA fights for the year.”

“It’s still not as popular as boxing. Boxing is the second most popular sport in the world, next to soccer, and MMA is just something that’s come along. They’ve done a great job of marketing it. For people that remember it, there’s nobody on the level of Oscar de la Hoya, Ray Leonard, Ali, or Jeff Lacy or any of these guys,”

“There’s nobody at MMA that right off the top of your head is going to go to a Hall of Fame. They’re going to either remember them or they’re going to have other lives afterwards. I can’t remember one guy.”