Today, I like Dana White a little bit more than I liked him yesterday.
The UFC president called Floyd Mayweather out in a big way on Tuesday evening. He called him a racist and told him he should take a 50/50 purse with Manny Pacquiao to ensure the super fight that we all want to see will happen.
Not surprisingly, Mayweather’s camp quickly responded. Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather’s manager, had the following comments (via Kevin Iole of Yahoo!):
“He needs to shut the [expletive] up and mind his own business, stay in his own lane and keep on taking advantage of the UFC fighters, while underpaying them,” Ellerbe told Yahoo! Sports after learning of White’s rant. “If he keeps on running his mouth, we may decide to give a free seminar to all of the UFC fighters on how the pay-per-view revenue should be distributed. This is typical Dana, who is always prone to ignorant outbursts. He should be the last person to try to judge someone else.”
It should be noted that Ellerbe didn’t really address the racism accusations. And honestly, his response didn’t really do anything to make me think that White’s proposal of a 50/50 purse split was anything other than totally logical and fair.
Ellerbe tried to change the conversation by attacking White rather than addressing his claims, which is a classic tactical move but did little to take the sting off White’s comments, at least in my opinion.
My favorite part was when he said “we may decide to give a free seminar to all of the UFC fighters on how the pay-per-view revenue should be distributed.”
Yeah, like Mayweather and his camp would ever do anything for free.
Of course, White wasn’t finished. He quickly responding to Ellerbe’s remarks:
“Just for the record, shut the [expletive] up [because] I wasn’t talking to you,” White said by text. “I was talking to Floyd. We’re doing something amazing. We’re building a sport while you guys are destroying one. ”
That’s it, folks—that’s the knockout blow.
If I was scoring this bout over three rounds, I’m giving White the first two rounds with a third-round knockout.
Hey, at least we get to see Floyd Mayweather involved in a fight we’re actually entertained by for once.