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Dana White favors own production over HBO Boxing's

The UFC on HBO deal never came to fruition in large part because of UFC president Dana White's refusal to give up control of production.

White sounded reassured in an article on Yahoo! Sports where he criticized on Saturday the production of Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquio.

"Did you see the production? And that was HBO," White said. "Maybe they should give us some of their Emmys. The pacing was awful. There was no energy in the crowd. They had to loop Pacquiao's music when he came out because he had to walk so far."

White said in the September 2008 issue of Playboy magazine that HBO would have practically "owned the UFC" if he had signed the television deal. He also brought up his relief of not having to hear HBO's Emmy talk.

"I'll tell you, if I had to hear one more time about how many [expletive] Emmys they had won, I was going to dive out the window," White said. "I said 'You won a bunch of Emmys, but I'm kicking your ass on pay-per-view.'"

While White may not be satisfied with the pay-per-view production of HBO, he's taking a cue from the premium network when it comes to publicizing a fight. The UFC will present in January a preview series in three parts called "UFC Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Penn" similar to the Emmy-award winning "24/7" boxing series.

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