On the food chain of combat athletes, as far as $$$ goes, he is right. Boxing is generations ahead of MMA. That doesn't mean it's closer to fighting or that he or any other boxer is a better fighter than any MMA pro however.

They are different sports and MMA is in it's infant stage still. The next ten years are going to be downright frightening with the level of skill you can expect to see in MMA.
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