(See? This is why you don’t get into a bling-off with Floyd Mayweather. Or any guy whose nickname is "Money," now that we think about it.)
Though previous reports indicated that the UFC was considering changing the May 1 date for UFC 113 so as not to compete head-to-head with the Floyd Mayweather-Not Manny Pacquiao fight, on Tuesday White told his hometown paper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, that the UFC "was going May 1st still." One day later, it was an entirely different story. Cagewriter confirmed with White that the UFC has moved UFC 113 to May 8 in Montreal in order to avoid a showdown with a boxing pay-per-view bohemoth and, in classic fight promoter style, White has managed to find a way to interpret this as a sign that boxing is completely ridiculous:
"We were trying to not go the same night as boxing but these [expletive] guys can’t get out of their own way," White told Cagewriter. "I have never seen anything so unorganized, selfish and dysfunctional as boxing. It’s a joke!"
We can only assume that’s an edited quote, and that the full version features White going off on an ‘inconsiderate’ John Mayer for scheduling a concert in Florida on the same night as UFC 109 in Las Vegas, before then turning his ire on the ‘complete morons’ who run Disney on Ice.
Really, White’s frustrations stems from the fact that there was some confusion over whether the Mayweather fight would really go off on May 1, since that date was reserved by Golden Boy Promotions for the Juan Manuel Marquez fight. Now that bout may be bumped to May 8, which means the UFC would be competing with a much less popular boxer when they finally throw "Shogun" Rua and Lyoto Machida into the Octagon again.
Guess we finally found out the answer to Operation Shutdown’s question about what the UFC would do if they found themselves competing with Floyd Mayweather. Silly us, we thought they’d stand tall. Of course, we also thought they’d have more trouble getting the same venue booked for a week later, which reportedly required a scheduled concert to get bumped (please say it wasn’t Lady GaGa, the guys at Fightlinker couldn’t bear that disappointment).
It turns out the UFC’s response to such a scenario is to run scared and then use it as a sign that boxing is in a state of chaos. As if that hasn’t always been the case.