Boxing trainer Teddy Atlas gives his thoughts on the MMA vs. Boxing debate to AOL Fanhouse:
“You brought up a good point about us — we don't even talk about it enough. The sport does not market itself. There's no one there to do that. So you get the perception that mixed martial arts is really climbing. The reality is, when you see a big fight, whether it's De La Hoya-Pacquiao or De La Hoya-Mayweather, or whatever, you realize — and I'm not knocking mixed martial arts, I think that sport's good and the participants are tough guys — but Ultimate Fighting's not a pimple on the ass of boxing.
When you see boxing, with those pay-per-view buys, and one fighter making $40 million and the other fighter making $20 million, you say, “Are you kidding me? You think (the UFC is) making inroads into boxing? No, no, no. They don't come close. Not when it comes to the big fights. But the problem is, that's what boxing has come to, where you only get that one big fight a year or one every two years.That's the problem. You don't have the public talking about all the other fights in between.”