A topic often discussed is boxers versus mixed martial artists and there has always been the one big question. Who would win?
All professional boxers and boxing fans claim they would win, and all MMA fighters and MMA fans claim they would. In my honest opinion, I feel a MMA fighter should win every time, but that doesn't always happen.
Over the last few years, many professional boxers have said they would transition to MMA, and so far, a few have. The one's that come to mind are Ray Mercer, Butterbean, and James Toney.
James Toney just signed a four-fight deal with the UFC and is still waiting for an opponent. Butterbean, the king of the four-rounders is fighting MMA and has done well with the transition. He actually holds some submission wins in the MMA game.
Then there is Ray Mercer, who started MMA in an exhibition match with Kimbo Slice, which turned out to be a joke because Ray Mercer believed it was going to be a boxing match in a cage. He claims he "didn't know the ground fighting was allowed." But, he's stayed in there. A few months ago, Ray Mercer knocked out Tm Sylvia in eight seconds. After that result, it is clear that even former professional boxers stand a punchers chance in the MMA world.
This recent turn of events with boxers joining MMA is actually starting to sway my opinion, and I do wonder if a boxer stands a chance against an MMA fighter, how much of a chance do they stand if they evolve in the sport?
Here are a few fighters in boxing I wouldn't mind seeing transition to MMA.
Arreola is a top boxer in the heavyweight division and has potential to be a champion someday. However, he still needs to learn a little bit more and needs to keep his weight under control.
He has devastating knockout power and fast hands and despite being a pudgy heavyweight, he can go the distance. I look at him as boxing's version of Cain Velasquez. Trust me on this, if he learned some wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jit-Su, he could be a threat in MMA. I wouldn't mind seeing him fight Cain Velasquez either.
Hopkins is like boxing's version of Randy Couture. He just keeps getting better with age. He was king of his division for a long time, but had a string of losses to Jermain Taylor.
Since leaving the middleweight division, he has picked up wins over Antonio Tarver and Kelly Pavlik in surprising fashion. He has knocked MMA in the past with homosexual remarks which reveals how unintelligent he is. But if he learned the MMA game, I think he would like it and create an interesting fight with Anderson Silva.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Mayweather is a Mayweather. He likes to talk and avoid the people that can hurt him. In boxing, he's avoided Margarito, Cotto, and Mosely because he was scared
A few years ago when he mocked the UFC, Dana White challenged Mayweather with the opportunity to fight then-champion Sean Sherk in a fight. "Money" quickly apologized and kept his mouth shut...for awhile.
Mayweather thinks he can do anything. I say we put his money where his enormous mouth is. Strap on the four-ounce gloves and match him up with the best lightweight fighter out there, B.J. Penn and see how great he is then.
Simply put, Pacman is the best boxer out there right now. Mayweather was afraid to fight him, and then he retired. Now, Mayweather came out of retirement to flirt with the idea of fighting Pacquiao.
Pacman will fight anyone, he doesn't care if he wins or loses—he just wants to have fun. He's an explosive little fuzzball from the Philippines. He likes MMA, and thinks it's a cool sport. Lets get him to train in MMA and fight someone like Urijah Faber, Mike Brown, or Jose Aldo.
Then there is Sugar Shane. One of the best of all time, and one of my favorite fighters ever. I hope he beats Mayweather in their fight. Shane would be cool to see in MMA, he's got a good physique, fast hands, knockout power, great footwork; he has phenomenal boxing attributes. Just imagine if he learned how to wrestle, kick, and BJJ. He'd be a wrecking machine in either the lightweight or welterweight division.
Well, those are some boxers I think we would all like to see fight in MMA. There are plenty of MMA fighters that will step up to the challenge and fight these guys. So, lets get this to happen. We already know Randy Couture wants James Toney and that Sean Sherk and B.J. Penn want Pretty Boy Floyd.
Let me know what you guys think.