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Old 12-26-2007, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mayweather's Motivation

There's been a few threads on the boxing champs possible move to MMA. I think this is an interesting prospect, as boxing is, without any doubt, on the twilight of what seems like its very existence, and MMA is on the cusp of total acceptance. BUt what matters in this move is Mayweather's motivation, not his ability. Anyone who has any respect for MMA knows that he would only ever have a shot at winning by KO if he doesn't respect all aspects of MMA.

If this is a boast on his part, to show that since he's the best boxer and can conquer MMA based on that alone, then he's a fool, and a jerk. and he'll be embarrassed!

If he's a true sportsman, and respects MMA, then he could become a fierce competator!
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Old 12-26-2007, 05:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Joe Daddy says, Mayweather would be bad for MMA.

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Joe "Daddy" Stevenson, who will fight B.J. Penn for the vacant lightweight title at UFC 80 on Jan. 19 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, said Mayweather "wouldn't be good for our sport."

"He represents himself in a different manner and it's not the way I think is correct for our athletes," Stevenson said. "You don't brag about how much money you make. That's totally disrespectful. I've seen him in clubs and I've seen the way he treats people and I can tell you, that's not the kind of a guy we want representing this sport."

And though Stevenson praised Mayweather's boxing skills and his athleticism, he said becoming a world-class MMA fighter takes years of training. He sounded skeptical of the nearly 31-year-old Mayweather's ability to make the transition.

Clearly, Stevenson said, Mayweather would be a dangerous striker, but he would struggle in the other aspects.

"It's moronic for him to think he can cross over and do this at 31," Stevenson said. "It's like me saying I could be the best in golf. It looks easy, but I'd sound retarded to say I could go out there after a couple of months and win. The pressure, the coordination, the ability to play the greens, there are so many things involved.

"Boxing and MMA are different sports. He's a great boxer. He's the best. I was rooting for Ricky Hatton and I have to give Floyd credit for doing what he did. But he'd be in an entirely different sport. And yeah, his strikes would be intimidating, but I'd take him down. He'd have to be able to defend a takedown and that sounds a lot easier than it is." Mayweather hasn't spoken publicly on his plans yet. Stevenson said he'd bring attention to MMA, which is good, but said the sport is growing on its own.

"I don't think we need that kind of attention," Stevenson said. "We have a great sport and a lot of people are beginning to realize that, more every day. We don't have to bring in the best boxers just to get people to pay attention to us, because they're realizing what a great sport we have already."
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Old 12-26-2007, 06:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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He needs to figure out what mma has to offer him, not what he has to offer mma.

Plus, this is all bullsh*tty rumor-talk with nothing confirmed, and once again he's managed to penetrate the mma spotlight as unimportant as he is to mixed martial arts.
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Old 12-26-2007, 06:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i think mayweather coming over to mma wouldnt be that bad at all. it'd hurt mayweather alot more than mma. just think about it, mayweather comes in and expects a big fight straight off the bat, so dana gives it too him its floyd vs gsp (or any other contender in the division). the hype for this fight would be off the charts, the boxing vs mma debate would be at its highest point. the las vegas arena would be packed full of mma and boxing fans alike. then the fight happens, gsp gets a brutal tko in the first round. the boxing fans would be silenced, their unbeaten pound for pound boxing warrior just got whomped by a ufc fighter.

then the next day papers would read "mayweather cheated!" because mma doesnt allow the fighter to get back to his feet after getting rocked like in boxing.

seriously though, if something like this were to happen mma would explode again. mayweather is the mvp of boxing right now, if he had a fight in ufc ppv sales would go through the roof. it could mean the final nail in the coffin for boxing, but it'd be a rocket fueled leap for ufc and mma in general.

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Old 12-26-2007, 06:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well said Joe Daddy.
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Old 12-26-2007, 06:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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well mayweather will never fight mma i will tell you that he fights for 15 -25 million a fight in boxing, plus promotions, and i wouldent doubt something under the table. mayweather is great, hes just saying this to maybe get some mma ppv buyers into boxing, i watch both. enough said mayweather, mma , never not even for millions becouse he knows no mma, does not need money, and if he did he will box, and kick some a$$.
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Not so familiar with Mayweather or other modern boxers too much, becoming enamoured with MMA in the past decade plus, but I do watch and am aware of who Floyd is . . . from what I've seen of Mayweather, he's arrogant. Suppose it is based on his performances and record, fair enough, but if he came into the UFC I'd love to see him get put down fast. He may not need the money, but perhaps pride would let him believe that he could go train for six months and actually fight in the UFC. I suppose any top 10 fighter should be able to do displace him easily as long as they respected Floyd's ability to strike (hands only) and were patient for the takedown. I don't see there being a real debate between boxing and competent MMA fighters, so it'd be entertaining to see the issue settled against arguably one of the best, if not best pfp boxers in the world. I'd tune in, but having said that, still don't think the UFC or another MMA fighting organization needs him.

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Not so familiar with Mayweather or other modern boxers too much, becoming enamoured with MMA in the past decade plus, but I do watch and am aware of who Floyd is . . . from what I've seen of Mayweather, he's arrogant. Suppose it is based on his performances and record, fair enough, but if he came into the UFC I'd love to see him get put down fast. He may not need the money, but perhaps pride would let him believe that he could go train for six months and actually fight in the UFC. I suppose any top 10 fighter should be able to do displace him easily as long as they respected Floyd's ability to strike (hands only) and were patient for the takedown. I don't see there being a real debate between boxing and competent MMA fighters, so it'd be entertaining to see the issue settled against arguably one of the best, if not best pfp boxers in the world. I'd tune in, but having said that, still don't think the UFC or another MMA fighting organization needs him.
floyd is only very arrogant leading up to a fight. he hypes up a fight as much as possible by belittling his opponent, and isn't shy about saying how good he is. after the fight is over he'll show respect to the other fighter and admit he was just hyping the fight up.

he tries to be like Muhammad ali but he doesn't even come close in my opinion.
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Old 12-26-2007, 08:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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floyd is only very arrogant leading up to a fight. he hypes up a fight as much as possible by belittling his opponent, and isn't shy about saying how good he is. after the fight is over he'll show respect to the other fighter and admit he was just hyping the fight up.

he tries to be like Muhammad ali but he doesn't even come close in my opinion.
That's more respectable - not unlike many MMA top notch fighters. It would be an interesting fight, but I'd bet against it making past round one, assuming he fights a top-notch guy. I'd still watch for sure. :-)

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[quote=looney liam;421920] so dana gives it too him its floyd vs gsp (or any other contender in the division). [quote]

Mayweather fights at like 147, heaviest he has fought at was against De La Hoya at 154 for their superfight. Don't know what his weight was for Hatton.
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