The upcoming mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao -- which goes down this Saturday (May 2, 2015) in Las Vegas, Nevada -- will likely draw hoards of seasoned media members from across the world eager to cover the much-anticipated bout.
Some local flavor will be in the house, as well, like longtime boxing and MMA journalist Kevin Iole, who revealed on The MMA Hour that he is already swamped with the duties of covering the event. That's why he plans on bringing in reinforcements to help out.
Enter Dana White.
That's right, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president will be a member of the combat sports media covering the fight for Yahoo! Sports.
Credential and all.
"We also have, I guess I can announce this, our expert analyst for the weigh-in and fight night -- I'll back into this; we tried to hire 'Sugar' Ray Leonard, but he had a deal with NBC, so he couldn't do it. We tried to hire Mike Tyson. We talked to Timothy Bradley, but he is broadcasting for TruTV on Friday, so he couldn't do the weigh-in segment with us. We tried to get Shane Mosley, he was unavailable to do it. So I thought, how can I get somebody that is going to resonate with the public and is a good boxing person and that people are going to want to follow. So, we have Mr. Dana 'F' White to serve at the weigh-ins for us as an expert analyst, giving his predictions, giving his insights on the fight. So, Dana will be working with us on Saturday, after the fight, breaking down the fight--what happened, what's next for the guys. And he will also do some segments on Friday with us after the weigh-ins just kind of previewing the fight. I have a credential that says, 'Congratulations Dana White of Yahoo! Sports, you have been approved for a credential to Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.'"
A man of many hats.
Before stepping into the MMA world, White was a boxing aficionado, so he won't be a complete noob when talking about the "sweet science." In fact, you can sample some of his pre-fight analysis for "Mayweather vs. Pacquiao" in the video below:
At least he hasn't waffled (yet).
Even better, the wealthy White now won't have to fork over $11,000 to gain entry into the MGM Grand Garden Arena to catch the bout.
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