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Miguel Torres: “I’d Fight [Floyd] Mayweather”

Written by Tom Ngo
July 29th, 2009
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With an impending WEC 42 title defense against top contender Brian Bowles right around the corner, featherweight champion Miguel Torres takes a break to talk about the potential pimp smacking of a certain Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

“I’m not going to lie, I don’t talk a lot of (expletive),” Torres told MMAWeekly.com of the boxing legend. “I did an interview for ESPN and they told me what (Mayweather) had done. I hadn’t heard his comment before that, but I heard that he was talking garbage about mixed martial arts, and he was being pretty racist on certain subjects, and that made me kind of angry because I love boxing. I grew up watching boxing.”

Mayweather has never been one to bite his tongue, particularly since he’s been out of the spotlight after voluntarily “retiring” from boxing about a year ago. Since then, he has hopped aboard the crusade to bash MMA, taking the tour nationally.

“I haven’t watched a ton of Mayweather’s fights,” said Torres. “I know he’s a good boxer … but he’s very flamboyant, he’s very cocky, he’s a bit of a prick, and I think he’s broke now because of whatever financial reason he has, but you can’t talk about a complete fighter when you’re not a complete fighter yourself.”

And that’s where the battle lines have been drawn between old school boxing enthusiasts and today’s combat sports fan. How can one be considered the world’s best FIGHTER when boxers are only skilled with their hands, where as elite MMA fighters are well versed in all aspects of combat.

“I know he has a great camp and he’s lightning quick and has knockout power, but I think in a real fight, in a mixed martial arts fight, he wouldn’t stand a chance against a mid-level MMA fighter, a B-level fighter, or even a wrestler at that because he’d get taken down in a heartbeat,” Torres added.

If that’s the case, based on Torres’ analysis, Mayweather would be done in a matter of seconds against an A-level cat like himself, and that’s precisely the reason why Miguel would like to be the first to welcome the brash boxer into the cage.

“I’d be the first one at my weight class to say I’d fight Mayweather, anywhere, any way he wants. If he hears this, whatever he wants to do,” stated Torres. “We can even do modified kind of rules, we can box for three rounds, do kickboxing for three rounds, and then fight MMA for three rounds. I would even do something like that so he could have a little more confidence.

“I think it’s totally wrong for any boxer to call out a mixed martial artist. Because you have so many different variables that are going to go on in a fight. He’s never going to change. I think the only way he will change is if he steps in the cage and gets his mouth shut.”

That will probably never happen, but it’s still interesting to talk about.  In the meantime, Torres will be returning to mixed martial arts action on August 9th inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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