UFC President Dana White recently sat down with The Long Beach Press Telegram. During a recent interview with The Long Beach Press Telegram, UFC President Dana White threw a few verbal jabs at boxing legend and promoter Oscar De La Hoya. White also addressed why he believes the sport of boxing is “dying”, and how he’s used boxing as an example of what not to do with MMA.
“I used (boxing) as the blueprint of what not to do,” White said. “Boxing doesn’t do what I would do if I was running one of these cards. When De La Hoya and Mayweather had their pay-per-view with over 1 million buys, he could have stacked that card with all the talent Golden Boy has. You know why he didn’t? He didn’t want to give up the money. Nobody in boxing is willing to invest money back into boxing’s future. We do in the UFC. The money that we make we invest back into the business. We use it to help grow the sport. Nobody in boxing is willing to do that. And because of that, in my opinion, they have no reason to sit around and (cry) their sport is dying.
White also took a few shots at De La Hoya’s business prowess.
“A lot of people love that De La Hoya is a fighter and the promoter but thing is, it leaves you short-sighted,” White said. “He only cares about himself. He knows he gets the pay-per-views when he fights but he doesn’t stack the card with fights that will build future fights. You have to invest in a company and De La Hoya is not willing to do that.”