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Quote of the Day: Mickey Ward Says Boxing Fans Are Switching to MMA Because There’s More Action and More Events


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If you saw the movie “The Fighter” with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, you know who “Irish” Mickey Ward is. To the rest of us, he’s a former boxer who put in perhaps the best single round in boxing history against the late Arturro Gatti.

In an interview he recently did with East Side Boxing, Ward spoke about the influx of boxers crossing over to fight in MMA.

“I don’t really think that boxing needs saving, but [Mayweather fighting Pacquiao] would bring back a lot of people to the sport. I think it would bring a lot of interest back to boxing. I don’t think that boxing will ever go anywhere, because it’s the oldest sport there is. But there are a lot of people going to the MMA side,” Ward says. “You know what we need? We need the best fighters to fight the best fighters, and that way boxing would go back to where it was in the 70’s. Look at Bernard Hopkins; he will fight anyone in the world. He is the exception to the age rule. He is incredible.”

Ward, who is in the early stages of production for “The Fighter 2″ says that boxing fans have also started to gravitate towards MMA because boxing is getting stale due to it’s lack of action and mismatches.

“I kind of believe [that fans are leaving boxing for MMA]. I see it actually happening. There are more fights and more action,” Ward admits. “That’s why you have to have the best fighting the best. It’s all money, money and money. It’s positioning.”

It’s refreshing to hear a former boxer admit what’s happening, rather than deny it like some do. Bernard Hopkins used to be one of the most outspoken opposers of mixed martial arts in boxing, but training with some MMA fighters  at his gym in Philly (and likely getting taken down and tapped out) has opened his mind.

He gave Gil Martinez an analogy that sums up the difference in the two sports perfectly and respectfully:

“You cannot take a shark out of the water and throw him in the jungle versus a lion. He will be destroyed. And if you put a lion in the water versus a shark, the lion will be destroyed,” Hopkins explained. “Just like boxing and MMA – they are two totally different animals. We need to remember that.”

 

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Todd M- August 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm
@ The Handsome One, I didn't need to click the link to know what ur talkin' bout playa. R.I.P. Chico
Flaneritz- August 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm
This whole idea that boxing is an equivilant to mma is goofy. Both are sports and different sports. With that being said, i would much rather be able to take the fight wherever it goes than just be able to punch well.
p.s.- try boxing while someone is shooting in on your legs.
dwmwtv- August 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm
lol @ ZombieDouche: Always love a good reference to The Other Guys.
El Guapo- August 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm
You are wrong, Bernard Hopkins. Boxing and MMA are not animals.(silence) They are sports.(more silence)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal
(crickets chirping)
Ballentine- August 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm
No fighting is not the oldest sport. I would say Running would take that. Fighting was to survive.
ZombieDouche- August 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm
OK, first off a lion, swimming in the ocean? Lions don't like water. If you placed it near a river or some sort of fresh water source, that make sense. But you find yourself in the ocean, 20 foot wave, I'm assuming off the coast of South Africa, coming up against a full grown 800 pound tuna with his 20 or 30 friends, you lose that battle, you lose that battle 9 times out of 10
XENOPHON- August 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm
Sorry Ward, boxing is not the oldest sport there is.

He is as wrong as Hopkins is. Lions roam the plains.

Lions don't live in the jungle, tigers do.

Crocs eat sharks, and tigers eat crocs. But only after submitting them with a rear naked choke.

http://www.kitmeout.com/img_assets/letigre_blog.jpg
O Chan- August 10, 2011 at 10:51 am
Wait, they're doing a sequel to "The Fighter"?????
El Guapo- August 10, 2011 at 10:49 am
I know you said "perhaps", but the best single round in boxing history is like the hottest chick in history. Here's mine(the round, not the chick).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0vSpewcMx4
El Guapo- August 10, 2011 at 10:43 am
Yeeeaaaahhhhh, I doubt The Executioner's gotten taken down and tapped out. Not saying an MMA guy wouldn't be able to, just saying BHop wouldn't allow somebody to do that to him in his own gym, nawmsayin?
Fried Taco- August 10, 2011 at 10:29 am
A land shark would tear a lion up!
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