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Old 07-08-2012, 04:33 AM   #61
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He was a boxer first. Its obvious he had to go to MMA because he could not compete
He wasnt a boxer first at all, he was a Muay Thai fighter
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:36 AM   #62
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If he is such a great boxer why does he not do it? He makes under a million a fight like all ufc fighers.
The disclosed pay that you see everywhere doesnt includes PPV share revenue, Bonus for fight, undisclosed arrangements, sponsors.... Silva made millions with that fight, everybody knows it.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:24 PM   #63
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The disclosed pay that you see everywhere doesnt includes PPV share revenue, Bonus for fight, undisclosed arrangements, sponsors.... Silva made millions with that fight, everybody knows it.
All of which he would have had as a boxer plus multi-million dollar pay check each fight. The best UFC fighters get paid peanuts compared to top boxers. And if Silva had any decent boxing skills to be a boxer he would have been a boxer. Oh wait he did try and got KTFO against a bum in his first attempt and over in UFC he is the best boxer they have. LOL!!!
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:26 PM   #64
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All of which he would have had as a boxer plus multi-million dollar pay check each fight. The best UFC fighters get paid peanuts compared to top boxers. And if Silva had any decent boxing skills to be a boxer he would have been a boxer. Oh wait he did try and got KTFO against a bum in his first attempt and over in UFC he is the best boxer they have. LOL!!!
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Old 07-08-2012, 01:25 PM   #65
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Plus, once you get past the small handful of guys who command the big paydays, boxer's earnings fall off a cliff. And boxing is a sport with an established tradition and mainstream profile going back over a century. Silva, GSP and co are competing in a sport that was basically illegal 15 years ago. And they are employees of a company that was a money pit on the verge of bankruptcy less than a decade ago.

You wouldn't expect pay parity yet, but on balance the UFC headliners are doing fine. And the Mayweather/Pacman/Cotto earnings aren't representative of boxing as a whole.

Very good post. The precipitous fall off of boxers compensation after the very cream of the crop is IMO one of the biggest factors as to why boxing has not been able to attract many of the finest athletes into the sport at young ages. Why would any talented athlete choose boxing over American football, basketball, baseball, etc when I know that at the worst if I make it to the NFL I will get a 500k base salary? How long is it before you start making that in boxing, half a career if not more for some weight classes?

As you said, MMA might not make May/Pac/Oscar money, but overall the participants make better salaries than their boxing counterparts.
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Ricky Hatton

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Ricky Hatton was 10 when he converted to boxing. Vitali was doing both all along and was a world class kick-boxer in his teens when he converted. Silva is good at what he does but from the footage I've seen of him boxing he's nothing special.
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:55 PM   #67
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Lol MMA guys don't make as much as boxers. Guys in UFC are payed well. As are boxers who get on TV. Journey in both get next to nothing. Mega stars in boxing get much more.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:58 PM   #68
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hes great mma fighter, not great boxer.
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hes great mma fighter, not great boxer.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:29 AM   #70
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He's more technically gifted and sound than Chad Dawson, I'm pretty sure many would not disagree with this. Great striking (Yes mma striking is different) but his speed is just incredible, great power and has great reflexes.
You don't know shit about boxing.

Have you honestly watched Silva box? Have you watched Chad Dawson box?
What exactly is your definition of 'technically gifted and sound'?

I've seen Silva 'boxing' on youtube...Chad would reduce him to a pile of rubble...
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:41 PM   #71
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You don't even have to be good.
Look at Butterbean.
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So would countless other athletes, simply based on natural talent and dedication. Silva hasn't shown me any unique aptitudes that would translate exceptionally well into boxing other than reflexes and some natural hand-speed.

In no way is he more technically disciplined than Chad Dawson. That is absurd.
Agree with you as usual Bogotazo.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:12 PM   #73
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I bet Vitor Belfort would beat him in a straight boxing match.
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