HBO boxing’s Jim Lampley felt the same way about it, but said on his podcast with Bill Simmons that the way the UFC is set up right now, there is no way that the MMA promotion can ever build a fight as big as Mayweather-Pacquiao (transcribed by MMA Fighting).
“[UFC] make the top people fight against the top people,” Lampley told Simmons. “It’s more like the NFL model where any given Sunday top guys are going to fight top guys. But of course what that eliminates for them is the pinnacle event. When everybody has four to five losses you can’t put together Mayweather-Pacquiao because the public wants to see people rise up way above the normal universe and then get together in some sort of summit meeting and that’s when you get the million buy Pay-Per-View, or in the case with Mayweather-Pacquiao the 4.4 million buy PPV.
“UFC will never be able to construct an event like that as long as they use the model they’re using. I’m not saying it’s wrong. I think there are intelligent reasons for them to do what they do but we’re always going to have the bigger showcase events when they happen.”
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