Boxing and UFC Went toe-to-toe Last Saturday, but Floyd Mayweather’s Former Promotion had the last laugh

Published 06/22/2022, 10:30 AM EDT

The world of combat sports is extremely illustrious and lucrative. Boxing and the UFC are the best of the best in terms of entertainment in this industry. On Saturday, June 18, 2022, the epitome of both worlds went toe to toe with each other. However, the former promotion of Floyd Mayweather, Top Rank came out victorious against Dana White’s UFC.

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TOKYO, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 05: Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends the press conference to announce the match on December 31 at Roppongi Hills club on November 5, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

The UFC Fight Night: Calvin Kattar vs Josh Emmett clashed with the unified light heavyweight title fight between Top Rank fighters Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr.

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Floyd Mayweather’s former promotion ranks higher than UFC

Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotion houses some of the best fighters currently active, like Devin Haney and Shakur Stevenson. It also represented boxing legends like Muhammad Ali, Manny Pacquiao, and Floyd Mayweather.

The promotion company had their highly anticipated fight between Beterbiev and Smith clash with Dana White’s huge UFC fight between Kattar and Emmett. However, according to MMA and boxing journalist Kevin Lole, Top Rank was at the top of the cable ratings on Saturday followed by UFC.

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Lole said, “Top Rank was first and UFC was second in cable ratings on Saturday.” He also added, “It’s more proof if you give people good fights, they’ll watch.” The numbers suggest that if fans are provided with great fights, they tune in to watch them.

Floyd Mayweather’s history with Top Rank

The five-division champion Floyd Mayweather began his journey in the sport of boxing under Top Rank promotions in 1996. Following his debut win, Mayweather went on to be the face of boxing as a Top Rank fighter. Soon enough, he became a world champion.

 

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However, things didn’t always sail so smoothly. Mayweather realized that he could make more profits by hosting his own fights and he was better off leaving Top Rank promotions. Hence, after a decade, in 2006, Mayweather parted ways with Bob Arum’s team and started his own promotion house called ‘Mayweather Promotions’.

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Darsh Karkera

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Darsh Karkera is a Boxing author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his masters in Clinical Psychology at CHRIST University, Bangalore. According to Darsh himself, the one and only one thing that fuels him, is sports.

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