Boxing vs. MMA: All Talk, No Action!

casey manciniCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2008

As a mixed martial artist, I find it amusing when boxers talk down on MMA and act like they could walk through mixed martial artists with ease. Do they realize these are world-class athletes?

I was recently in the barber shop, and there was a young and upcoming boxer in there. He was talking about a match he just had. Then I brought up MMA, and asked if he ever thought about trying jiu jitsu.

First he was saying how some MMA fighters came to his gym and got lit up by some boxers there. I asked what kind of fighters they were (what disciplines they studied) and he didn’t even know.

Then he was talking about he wanted me to teach him some jiu jitsu. So I offered to train with him and gave him my number. Needless to say, I haven’t heard from him. The reason I mention this is simply to show how it’s a lot of talk and no action.

On a grander scale, you have Floyd Mayweather Jr., who I respect as a boxer, but he has talked down on MMA fighters like "The Iceman" Chuck Liddell, stating he would give Chuck a million dollars if he beat a LHW boxer from his camp.

Dana White was a little more interested in having "Money" Mayweather Jr. put his money and his ass where his mouth is and challenged Mayweather Jr. to fight "The Muscle Shark" Shawn Sherk.

In a straight boxing match with a fighter whose strongest or only skill is boxing, the pure boxer has the edge. A boxer trains in boxing only, and is dedicated to just that. A mixed martial artist has to train two or three times harder.

He has to know how to defend punches, kicks and submissions from many different styles. He must be versatile and efficient in all areas of fighting.

In MMA, you can say all you want, but you will be exposed at some point in your career, unlike Floyd Mayweather who has retired after many track star performances running around the ring.

I don’t want to take anything away from him; he is a great fighter. He knows how to train for a fight, but he has never been in a war.

He has never faced adversity like MMA fighters must be able to. I have also read that he is working with Mark Cuban on some MMA project, possibly even fighting. I still personally want to see him fight in the UFC.

I want to see his face when there’s nowhere to go inside the cage, when he feels the raw power of four-ounce gloves and a cut is opened up on that pretty face of his.

Even better, I want to see him get dropped to the mat by a world-class wrestler and ground and pounded into the arena floor, or caught in the guard of a BJJ black belt who would love to shred some limbs or put him to sleep with a choke.

I want to see action behind these senseless words. Until we do see Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the cage, that’s really all it is: talk!