Manny Pacquiao says MMA is a sport that should be recognized

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao refused to play into the Boxing vs. MMA antics that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has in the past, and shows nothing but respect for the sport of MMA.

Pacquiao was asked by a fan during an ESPN Sports Nation Chat if he would ever try MMA and his thoughts on the sport, his response:

“It’s too violent for me but it’s a sport that should be recognized. It’s a great sport but not the sport for me.”

Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, is known to belittle the UFC and MMA, so, it’s ironic that his own fighter has nothing negative to say and respects MMA.

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Pacquiao’s opinion on MMA should make UFC President Dana White smile, White is a huge Manny Pacquiao fan, and despite his ongoing feud with Bob Arum, White will fly out to Dallas for the Pacquiao vs. Clottey fight.

White is known for his generosity via twitter having given out thousands of free tickets to UFC events.

So it’s no surprise Dana White announced on his twitter that he is giving away 10 free tickets to “REAL” fight fans, meaning those who enjoy both Boxing and MMA, to watch the “The Event” with him live.

Despite his harsh criticism on the health of the sport, Dana White is a huge boxing fan at heart, and still enjoys watching boxing.

Saturday, March 13, 2010, Manny Pacquiao will fight Joshua Clottey on HBO PPV at the brand new Dallas Cowboys stadium. Some tickets for “The Event” are still available, you can order them at For those who can’t make it to Dallas and watch it live, you can order the fight on HBO PPV, the price $49.99, contact your local cable provider to order.

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