Mike Brown, the head coach of UFC superstar Jorge Masvidal, believes his fighter would be very competitive in a boxing match with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Both of the popular fighters were in action back on November 2, headlining their own respective events on opposite sides of the United States.
Headlining at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Canelo knocked out Sergey Kovalev in the eleventh round to capture the WBO light heavyweight title, while Masvidal stopped Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
There was a lot of controversy that night - because the Canelo-Kovalev main event was delayed until the conclusion of Masvidal's fight with Diaz, which was being carried by ESPN on pay-per-view.
The decision by Golden Boy Promotions and streaming service DAZN, to delay Canelo-Kovalev, created a very long gap of time between the main event and the co-feature. To entertain the live audience at MGM, arena officials showcased Masvidal-Diaz on the big screens inside the area.
Now Masvidal has set his sights on the biggest names in MMA - and in particular a boxing match with Canelo.
“I think he can be very competitive, and he can shock some people,” Brown told MMA Fighting.
“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.”
Masvidal wants to follow the formula set down by five division champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC superstar Conor McGregor - who collided in a mega-event in August 2017. Their boxing match generated over 4 million pay-per-view purchases.
“For whatever reason, the early rounds in that fight were really competitive,” Brown said. “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.”