“I don’t care what color you are, I don’t care what country you come from, and I don’t care what language you speak. We’re all human beings. Fighting is in our DNA. We get it and we like it.”

We have all heard this quote from UFC President Dana White when explaining the love of the fight game among fans and how it will never go away. Obviously, White is specifically referring to his company when he quotes this phrase over and over again, but it can also apply to the sport of boxing.

For the past couple of years, many people have claimed that boxing is “dead.” Those same people also said that mixed martial arts—or the UFC, primarily—have taken over boxing as the top combat sport in the world. They have valid points. The UFC puts on big events almost every weekend with main events that draw crowds, whereas boxing doesn’t have a consistent schedule of bouts that feature the sport’s top names. When the UFC finally established itself as a legitimate organization capable of growing, boxing fans either loved or hated it. The faithful diehards condemned it, but those wanting something new fell in love with MMA.

If you ask any casual MMA fan what their favorite part of the sport is, most will say it’s the hand-to-hand combat on the feet. We love seeing fighters get knocked out with a big right or left hand, because that is what we’re used to seeing in boxing. I was on Twitter, like always, on Saturday night, and my entire feed was filled with people talking about boxing. HBO was airing the fight between Brandon Rios and Diego Chaves. The fight ended by disqualification, giving Rios the win. I admit, I wasn’t watching, but I couldn’t help but read about what was going on as MMA fans and fellow writers were going nuts over this.

Older fans have never lost their passion for boxing. They grew up in the glory days, and while there isn’t the likes of a Mike Tyson anymore, there are still elite fighters. Ever heard of that Floyd Mayweather guy? He’s the highest paid athlete in the world according to Forbes, and his name alone at the top of fight cards draws over a million pay-per-view purchases. As long as “Pretty Boy Floyd” is around, boxing isn’t losing any momentum. And just think about the new faces of the sport who have turned into superstars. There’s Canelo Alvarez. There’s Danny Garcia. There’s Andre Ward.

As for the younger generation of fight fans, like me, mixed martial arts has been a gateway to the world of boxing. I didn’t get the chance to watch the legends of boxing compete. I watched professional wrestling for years until I found mixed martial arts, and then soon after, I started watching boxing and the likes of Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. After watching the top pound-for-pound boxers, I wanted more, and so I sought out more and more cards.

I may be just a casual fan, but I’m one of the millions of people out there who still support boxing. Boxing will never become greater than mixed martial arts for me. However, it’s still something that’s in my DNA. I get it, and I like it.

About The Author

Corey Adams
Staff Writer

Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.