It may be of little coincidence that Dana White was in pound for pound boxer Floyd Mayweather’s audience for his fight this past Saturday. Mayweather, who has actually been a heavy critic of mixed martial arts in the past, is now expressing a desire to get into the sport – as a promoter.
Through FightHype.com, Mayweather said, “I want to promote MMA fighters, also. We lookin to promote MMA fighters … You know, Al Haymon is looking to manage MMA fighters. Even though Al Haymon hasn’t came on record and said it, but I want Al to manage MMA fighters. I think I can take it to the next level. You know, I don’t mind doing business with Dana White. Dana White’s a cool guy. I’ve been knowing Dana before he got involved with the MMA.”
Al Haymon, Mayweather’s influential adviser and possible partner in MMA management, studied economics at Harvard. In 2010 Haymon started working in boxing, and now he manages a large group of fighters.
A duo such as Mayweather and Haymon working together could make some serious waves in the mixed martial arts community. If Mayweather is to follow through with this decision, he may draw attention to MMA from boxing, which will be very beneficial for the fan base. Whether or not these two will find a way to work with the UFC is unknown, but with Mayweather’s hefty bank account, which includes over $350 million in his career as a boxer, the sky is the limit.