Originally Posted by Cedric
Floyd and whoever responded are both pretty dumb. I guess i missed the context, but I have no clue why people are comparing Boxing and that junk sport.
It's just sad to me that this instant gratification society can't handle boxing. I can't even get friends to watch fights anymore because they can't stand the lack of true action. They want meat head choke holds and blood everywhere. I shouldn't blame MMA for the decline of boxing though. Boxing and it's agencies have screwed up enough on their own.
That's rather ignorant to label MMA a junk sport, don't you think?
I don't particularly care for soccer, and while you'd never find me watching a soccer game, I still respect the sport, I respect its athletes, and I respect its fans who admire the sport and its athletes.
I enjoy MMA because it's a showcase of well-rounded skills, not because I'm interested in seeing blood. It's always interesting to see guys who dominate in one aspect transition into MMA, and sometimes they're able to do it. Wrestlers transition in. Brazilian jiu jitsu fighters transition in. Grapplers of various styles transition in. Muay-thai kickboxers transition in. Judo fighters transition in. They work to develop more well-rounded skills around their primary skill set, and some of them have ultimately become very successful.
This is the main reason why I'd actually love to see some world class boxers transition into MMA and a guy like Mayweather would be very interesting. It would take a few years, but if he could develop a good sprawl, an ok ground game (mostly submission defense), and mix in some muay-thai then he could possibly become a legitimate MMA force. If he fought a guy like Sean Sherk next week in an MMA fight, Sherk would dominate him and it wouldn't be close. But if he developed some well-rounded MMA skills over the next few years - primarily a good sprawl and an all-around takedown defense - and transitioned into the sport, then that could possibly be a great fight several years down the road.