What is the best thing a fighter can do to attract a good manager? When scouting for guys, what do you look for?
What is the role of a manager in a fighters career?
What should an amateur fighter expect from a manager?
What are some common red flags someone should identify when dealing with a potentially bad manager?
What would be some reasons you would drop a fighter and choose not to work with him/her anymore?
- Showing disrespect for their sponsors
Any management horror stories, fighters who were ripped off in some way... worse case scenario?
"One instance that is always on the top of my head was from about five years ago in Ohio. I have a great friend who is also a great fighter and UFC veteran. Well, as we were making our way up, we all had the same "manager". Looking back, he wasn't much of a manager...but at the time there weren't very many organizations...he just happened to know everyone in the area that held shows. "
"Anyway, my friend and I were fighting on a card and he was told his contract was for 200/200. (Amazing how the fight purses have grown)...so he goes out, wins the fight via KO and collects his 400 dollars. Pays out 80 bucks for our "manager" and called it a day. About three weeks later, through pure "luck" we were talking with the promoter and discussing the show. He told us how this was the most expensive fight card he had put on and that my friend was the highest paid fighter on the card. The promoter said that for his next fight he would like to increase his purse to fight but couldn't go anymore than 1k/1k. My friend was ecstatic! He told him he couldn't believe he was willing to increase his pay nearly five times. The promoter looked at us with a stunned look . My friend said, 'I am humbled that you would take me from 200/200 to maybe 1k/1k!' The promoter said, 'Ummm, we paid you 600/600 the last fight...' We both looked at each other...used a few superlatives to describe our "manager" and realized we were on the wrong end of a financial knockout."
How much does a manager typically make?
Depending on what he negotiates, however don't get bent over says Holman "The absolute most you should ever agree to pay your manager is 20% of purses or sponsorships, anything more than that is a deal-breaker. If your manager is asking for the proper amount of money on your sponsorships and fight purses then 20% should be sufficient for the amount of time it has taken them build the relationships with your sponsors and the fight promotion. For the record, I have never asked for more than 15% from my clients."
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