Boxing VS MMA= Aside from PPV and ratings is just Faux Rilvary
This whole MMA vs Boxing argument adds nothing except a bunch of fanboys on both sides throwing tantrums at each other.
I consider myself as someone who tries to be objective as I possibly can, and since I was recently labeled an MMA nuthugger on a Boxing forum and a Boxing nuthugger on an MMA forum, then I've pretty much succeeded in that. This also proves that fanboys of both sports share a similar level of ignorance and blind loyalty towards their sports and blind hate towards the other.
All this began ever since the first UFC, when the UFC as part of their promoting strategy took shots at the sport of "Sweet Science" and then years later Dana White opened his big egotistic mouth, not to the mention all the BS spat out by MMA fanboys claim Boxing is "dying". But Boxing promoters and fanboys are no better, MMA has been labeled as a human cockfight (weird since even in the early UFC days prohibited illegal moves like eye gouges or strikes to the groin) and even labeling MMA fighters as bums, street thugs or whatever the hell they want to call them.
The only sort of realistic existance of a feud between MMA and Boxing is PPV buyrate/TV rate wise but that's about it, there's no way you can pit a boxer against a grappler and call it MMA vs Boxing since it's basically an MMA fight and or have them fight in a boxing rules fight and call it an MMA vs Boxing fight since it's basically a Boxing fight, the same thing applies when you put a grappler against a kickboxer. MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts, and Boxing is a martial art. To compare both is just stupid. So in reality, if you take away the PPV buyrate argument, the whole rilvary is really just a faux one created by the blind loyalists of both combat sports.
It's not as if all MMA fighters are elitist jerks to Boxers, Quinton Jackson is a boxing fan, Vera looks up to Pacquiao, Diego Sanchez chose to train conditioning with DLH, Gomi said he wouldn't last against DLH in a boxing match, Frank Shamrock said on Inside MMA he only watches boxing and does not watch MMA outside of what he broadcasts. He goes on to mention how superior boxers standup is and that there is only one, possibly two MMA fighters in the world that have strong boxing skills. Boxing stars sang praises for MMA as well Ray Jones Jr, George Foreman, DLH, Manny Pacquiao, Suger Ray Leonard and even Mayweather Jr after that whole issue of him bashing the sport years ago. Howard Davis Jr. trains MMA now. He's also helping MMA fighters with their Boxing over at American Top Team. He has a great deal of respect for the sport.
It's not so hard to like the best from both worlds, people. I've been a boxing fan longer but I also appreciate MMA and think it's a good combat sport. I'm definetly sure that old school boxing legends like Jack Dempsy would've showed better appreciation for MMA.