Marc Ratner is a familiar face at the world’s biggest MMA and boxing events, and the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao mega-fight is no exception.
The former Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director, now the UFC’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, spoke to Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting last week, offering his opinion on that event, and the ongoing efforts to legalize MMA in New York.
Asked about the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao mega-fight, Ratner listed several fights he ranked higher due to their historical context.
“I have a long history in boxing,” Ratner said. “Back when (Joe) Louis fought (Max) Schmeling — it was Nazis vs. America, it was war. It was an unbelievable time. You had like 90,000 people watching in the stadium. It’s just a different time now, with social media… and the money’s different.”
He refused to offer a prediction on the bout, saying only it would be a “distance bout” and would go to a decision.
Ratner describes his current position as “going to states and countries to get MMA approved, and we’re everywhere but New York — and we’re getting close.”
“The sport will be approved,” he continued. “We’ll be there June 1 if everything goes well. Be there at the Garden in December.”
Ratner worked with the NSAC for 20 years, leaving for the UFC in 2006. He was elected to the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012.