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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-03-2010, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Manny Pacquiao Reveals Interest in Fighting MMA

by Kid Nate

Unlike James Toney, Manny Pacquiao is a huge draw all around the world and if he were actually to fight MMA while still in his boxing prime, it would be the biggest MMA fight of all time. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

During a recent press conference,'s Bill Emes and Michael Marley cornered Manny Pacquiao on the subject of Mixed Martial Arts. Pacquiao said he watched MMA and UFC, but said it was "too brutal" when asked for his thoughts on the sport.

When asked if he would ever consider trying his hand at Mixed Martial Arts, Pacquiao replied to BoxingScene - "I want to, but they [promters and management] don't want me to fight."

He said if promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank and adviser Michael Koncz said it was okay, he would consider entering the cage. Michael Koncz cut in at that point and told Pacquiao - "you know that you could do what you want."

I'm sure that Pacquiao's promoters would never let him near a UFC cage except for one thing -- there really aren't many big money pay days left for Pacquiao in boxing. Floyd Mayweather seems bent on ducking him and blowing the biggest boxing bout of the young century. Manny is already reduced to fighting Antonio Margarito, a man who has been caught loading his gloves -- the most dangerous cheat in boxing.

In three to five years if Mayweather still hasn't been convinced to get into the ring with Pacquiao -- or if he does and is beaten by Pac -- I wouldn't think it completely outside the realm of possibility that he does an MMA fight. If the UFC wanted to really break some PPV records or make a big splash in the Philippines, booking a Pacquiao MMA fight would be a sure fire ticket.

If I were Pac and his handlers, I'd want at least 18 months to train for MMA and a couple of build up fights against guys with limited grappling abilities before facing anyone really formidable. But even in the best case scenario, I don't see Pac ever being an MMA champ in a major promotion and any losses he took in the cage would inevitably damage his brand value and that of boxing as a whole.

But if boxing can't provide the epic matchups worthy of such a great and popular fighter, maybe its time as the pre-eminent world wide combat sport are drawing to a close.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-03-2010, 02:44 PM
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...Sounds interesting. Manny besides Floyd has the best hands in boxing. Again, this isn't boxing. Manny would be an even bigger draw than Toney but the results would be the same. If he came to the UFC, the LW division has some serious, well-rounded beasts. Good luck...
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Manny V Anderson... Everyone would buy that PPV.
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Originally Posted by Tweak View Post
Manny V Anderson... Everyone would buy that PPV.
I'd buy it for me and for five other people. Although, I highly doubt this ever becomes reality.
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Manny could never be a LW, i dont think he has ever weighed 155 even out of the ring, the guy used to fight at 105lbs for god sake lol.

unless he puts in around 2 years worth of solid grappling/wrestling experience the result is always going to the same as the toney fight.

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Manny V Anderson... Everyone would buy that PPV.
id buy it..

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man manny is one of my favourite boxers, i would love to see him fight somebody good in mma, but if think if he doesnt train grappling hell get his ass beaten bt if he trains for 1-2 years id totally watch it!

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If he would take a year or two off boxing training and learn some TDD and Jitz, I would LOVE to see him in an MMA fight.

He's one of the very few boxers I will watch if he's on TV, has been for years.

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Huge respect to Manny Pacquiao for actually considering doing MMA. He knows he seriously needs to improve his other aspects and there is significally smaller money in MMA shows what an outstanding fighter he is.

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I actually wouldn't be surprised if he dominates in MMA. If you ever watched Manny.. He always puts 200% into his training. The guy trains hard everyday.

So comparing the results to Toney/Couture is an insult to a great fighter like Manny. Obviously he would know that he'd have to train and he wouldn't just sit on his ass and do nothing about it..

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