clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Masvidal: Mayweather-McGregor showed me how boxers can’t read MMA fighters that well

Jorge Masvidal is liking his chances against Canelo Alvarez, based on how he saw Mayweather vs. McGregor in 2017.

After winning the “BMF” title at UFC 244 with a win over Nate Diaz, Jorge Masvidal looked at some plans outside of MMA. One of them is a boxing match against newly-crowned WBO light heavyweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

“I can box. I can hit hard. I’ve got different angles. I’m not going to get tired in a 12 round boxing event, especially if I have time to prepare for it,” Masvidal said during the post-fight scrum. “It’s just kind of fate. He’s fighting today, I’m fighting today. I heard we f—king killed him on the pay-per-views.”

On Monday’s episode of the Ariel Helwani MMA Show, “Gamebred” double-downed on his callout.

“I’m dead serious about trying to fight Canelo Alvarez, man,” he said. “They’ll give me a nice little change, I’d take my talents over there, and I’m going for the off button, man. I feel like I can shock the world.”

Masvidal is actually liking his chances against the multiple-time world champion boxer, based on how he saw the 2017 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor unfold.

“In the wake of Conor and Mayweather, it showed me a lot of things that I thought were good and bad,” Masvidal said. “I saw they can’t read us as well as they can read a boxer. Our movements are different. How we cover distance is different. Those things give them problems.

”I think I can throw enough punches that I can attack Canelo and put him on his ass. I’d be going for the knockout, obviously. Nothing else. This is not to disrespect Canelo, because I think the dude is a beast. I think he’s a stud.

“It would be an honor to get in the ring with him,” he added. “But he did say some sh-t like no MMA fighter would be a challenge and this and that. I beg to differ.”

Masvidal capped off 2019 with a three-fight win streak and the “baddest motherf—ker” title to boot. He currently holds a record of 35-13 (with 18 wins by stoppage).