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Dana White compares Mayweather vs. Pacquiao to Aldo vs. McGregor

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UFC President Dana White compared the ‘Fight of the Century’ to the UFC 189 main event between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor.

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On Saturday night, the entire combat sports community will collectively come together to tune into the apparent ‘Fight of the Century' between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. While many seem to share that sentiment, Dana White has a slightly varied opinion.

The UFC President fielded questions from the Latin media on Friday and suggested that the long-anticipated superfight may not be as special as it appears.

"Fight of the century? I mean, seriously? Is this the fight of the century? This is a fight that people wanted to see for a long time, and boxing doesn't do a lot of these," White said. "They used to. If you think back to the day when... Imagine if (Mike) Tyson was fighting Lennox Lewis right now. If this was a Tyson Lennox Lewis fight. This fight would be massive. These fights used to happen all the time. But now you don't see this kind of fights in boxing anymore. I believe if this fight happened in their prime six years ago, it would be this big too."

White added that spectacular fights are more common in MMA than in boxing. He used the example of Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor at UFC 189, which he likened to the upcoming boxing showdown on Saturday.

"The difference in MMA is that we always do the fights, the big fights that guys wanna see. Right now, our fight like that is Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo," he said. "You saw the reception with the world tour that we did. We did seven million dollars... You're talking about featherweight that did seven million dollars for gate, which will be the biggest gate that we've ever done in the United States.

Ultimately, White is aware that everything is not as it seems with the ‘Fight of the Century.'

"Listen, it's definitely a massive fight. Everybody is talking about how this thing sold out," he continued. "This thing isn't sold out. There's still a lot of tickets left for this thing in secondary market. The boxing guys are so greedy... Here we go again, man. Room rates are dropping all over the place for the city right now, they are dropping room rates and tickets haven't been sold. It's not what it appears to be, but it will be massive on pay-per-view, and I think it's going to be a good fight."

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