The UFC overtaking boxing as the No. 1 pay-per-view draw in sports over the last few years has led to a number of boxing promoters taking shots at the UFC. But the most famous promoter in boxing thinks thinks it's time to learn from the UFC.
In a live chat with FanHouse readers
, Don King
said that UFC has been smart about putting good fights on basic cable to attract fans who will become pay-per-view customers while boxing has declined on basic cable and completely disappeared from over-the-air television.
"Unfortunately the television networks are not broadcasting the fighters and that has been a major disappointment," King said. "Dana White
and Lorenzo Fertitta
have done a great job with the UFC and people like what they do."
King also said the UFC has developed a fan base of people who feel like they're a part of if it, while too many boxing fans have become turned off by the perception that the best fights just won't get made.
"I think the UFC has done magnificent because they bring people together," King said. "That's what I am really very appreciative of. I think they can complement boxing. I have no problem with them. The more the merrier."
King also said he doesn't think there's any reason not to enjoy both boxing and mixed martial arts, and he said he disagrees with those who think the growth of the UFC is a threat to the future of boxing.
"Both sports go together -- no reason not to be a fan of both sports," King said. Bringing people together is what it's all about. I'm a promoter of the people, for the people and by the people. Boxing will be here yesterday today and tomorrow."