This whole conversation is like comparing apples to oranges. Or asking who has more teeth, Rugby players or Hockey players. If we stick to weight classes a top tier boxer will school any mma fighter in a pure boxing match. The tehnical precision required to perform in boxing is something that a multidisciplined mma fighter can't get close to. An mma fighter has to worry about strikes, the clinch, the ground game, submissions, etc. In a boxing match, a world class boxer like Merriweather would run a clinic on any mma fighter at the same weight. On the flip side, if a boxer can excel at their craft, it is a completely different story in the octogon. Do they have "a punchers chance?" Clearly. But they are also going to be exposed a fight where stick and move, jab set ups, and combinations are less effective? Clearly. I started out with 10 years as a boxer. When I made the transition to mma, people I could clean in my sleep (boxing) introduce me to new realms of whoopass. Apples and oranges folks. Apples and oranges. Leviticus
That is an awesome post.
I'm new to MMA but 1 thing I can tell you already,having seen thousands of boxing fights is that NONE of the guys I have seen from MMA(mainly UFC and a few others) can punch for shit and that is how the fight usualy starts.
Their technique is so poor so right from the off,the boxer has the upper hand. They are trained to punch and punch well. Obviously the danger for a boxer would be when he is taken down BUT someone as fast as Mayweather would NOT get taken down easily. He is the perfect hit and not get hit type fighter,if someone can trap him on the ropes,throw 15 plus punches and miss them all,I find it hard to imagine him letting someone get close enough to take him down.
I'd like to add that boxers with one punch KO power with gloves on would be dangerous too.