Jon Jones thinks he would be competitive boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Jon Jones and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are among the best pound-for-pound fighters in their respective sports. Jones might be the best MMA fighter in the world — Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre could also make arguments for the top pound-for-pound spot. In boxing, the Klitschko brothers and Canelo Alvarez are top pound-for-pound fighters, but few would dispute the undefeated Mayweather being listed at No. 1.
While boxing is one of the elements of mixed martial arts, it is not exactly Jones’ specialty. He is a wrestler who crushes his opponents with Muay Thai techniques such as vicious knees and elbow. Still, Jones, who is 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, thinks he could compete with Mayweather in a boxing ring.
“It would probably be a pretty competitive match,” Jones told Power 105.1 recently.
But Jones doesn’t think such a fight would feel right because boxing restricts so much of what is allowed in MMA competition.
“Fighting Floyd Mayweather wouldn’t even be right. Nobody would want to see that.”
Jones also explained why he prefers MMA to one single discipline.
“It’s the true art of fighting to do everything.”
I know that Jones is an awesome MMA fighter and that he has a significant size advantage over the 5-foot-8, 147-pound Mayweather, but let’s be real: Mayweather is one of the best boxers in the planet. If we’re talking strictly boxing, Jones is probably considered below average. Regardless of size, Floyd would win that fight. And don’t even get me started with how it would go in MMA. As we saw with James Toney, the UFC is no place for a boxer. Not unless you’re also competent as a wrestler and schooled in practices like Jiu-Jitsu.
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