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MMA MORE POPULAR THAN BOXING

According to many recent surveys, MMA is becoming more popular than boxing. Mike Colber, the sports book director of Cantor Gaming, told the Las Vegas Sun this week “You’re talking to an absolute boxing guy here, and I will be the first to admit that UFC is more popular betting-wise. I never thought I’d see the day where it’s this popular.”

He’s not the only Vegas sports book rep who feels that way.

Rob Akers, assistant sports book director at the Venetian, told The Sun “I think it’s directly related to boxing’s downfall over the last few years. Pacquiao is a one-man show. He’s the only guy who can bring any handle, and people want to bet on a combat sport. They are always going to find some way to bet on one, and lately it’s been the UFC.”

That’s the exact problem — there are two names in boxing that generate serious interest, and it’s Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Hardcore fans have interest in up-and-comers like Victor Ortiz, Amir Khan, Timothy Bradley, and Nonito Donaire, but most sports fans really only know those names. By comparison, MMA fans are interested in several fighters.