Image source: Jorge Masvidal Instagram (@gamebredfighter)
Could this be round two of the MMA to boxing crossover?
Although Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has been boxing’s PPV star for a while now, he has further boosted his status with a big knockout win over Sergey Kovalev to become a four-weight world champion.
Masvidal seems very serious about taking the bout against Canelo and even broke down his advantages in the fight on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. Following on from that discussion, it appears that Masvidal’s coach, Mike Brown, also believes that Masvidal can pose some unique problems for Canelo. Brown spoke with MMA Fighting about the potential matchup and why he believes Masvidal could shock the world.
“I think he can be very competitive, and he can shock some people.
This is what he’s best at. He’s got maybe the highest fight IQ of anybody I’ve ever met. Boxing is where he’s most comfortable, and what he’s been doing the longest since he was a teenager. It comes most natural to him. He also has the ability to change things up and do wild and crazy things with unique footwork with things nobody has ever seen.
I mean, he’s got an amazing skill set. I learn a lot from the guy. I learn things all the time. During camps when I’m training him, I’m learning new things, because he has so many other techniques and ideas that are new or different from what I’ve seen. It’s like exchanging information. I’m getting better all the time, too.”
We have seen this scenario play out before as Floyd Mayweather took on Conor McGregor inside the squared circle and, although Mayweather walked away with a dominating victory, McGregor did have some moments in the bout.
Brown alluded to the previous crossover bout as proof that an MMA fighter can have success in the ring against a boxer.
“For whatever reason, the early rounds in that fight were really competitive,” Brown said about McGregor vs. Mayweather. “Whether (or not) it was Mayweather kind of giving those rounds away to kind of let Conor gas himself out to make sure he wasn’t dangerous until he came on. Whatever reason, Conor did really well in the early rounds until he gassed.
I mean, maybe it was only because Mayweather was throwing those rounds away. Maybe. But he was competitive until he gassed. Jorge’s gas tank is much better than Conor’s.”
As it stands the likelihood of the bout happening is probably quite low, but anything is possible within combat sports and maybe Mayweather vs McGregor was just the beginning of some extremely high-profile crossover bouts to come.