Manny Pacquiao thinks that UFC Women's Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, could beat Floyd Mayweather in an MMA bout.
The reigning WBO Welterweight champion was speaking on ESPN's His & Her's and was asked about Rousey's chances in a fight with Mayweather. He remarked that Rousey is a strong fighter and would likely have Mayweather's number if they were to meet in the octagon.
Rousey to be in attendance on May 2
With Mayweather and Pacquiao holding a press conference today, it's surprising to hear him talk so openly about a MMA fighter rather than his opponent. However, the big takeaway is that Rousey is likely to be one of the may VIPs in attendance come May 2 when the two boxers finally strap on their gloves and meet in the ring, rather than the negotiation table.
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Pacquiao even offered to send Rousey a ticket for the comments she's made in the past about possibly being able to beat Mayweather. Mayweather at that time said: “I don’t know who he is."
A comment he would later go on to apologise for after those words made the news. Since then, Rousey has only gotten bigger and should be on everyone's radar as she's one of the biggest names in fighting today.
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Her main event bout with Cat Zingano at UFC 184 reportedly sold in between 500,000-600,000 tickets, making her officially one of the biggest draws in the business. However, with her division cleared out, Rousey has been looking elsewhere for an opponent - specifically stating recently that she thinks she could "theoretically beat 100%" of the men's bantamweight division.
Will Rousey ever fight a man in the UFC?
Those comments drew ire from some and support from others but it did leave everyone pondering the question - should Rousey be given the chance to fight a man in the UFC? UFC commentator Joe Rogan stated he thinks Rousey could beat 50% of the division, which is more conservative than Rousey.
While flyweight, Ian McCall, didn't hold back one bit.
"A good man will not lose to Ronda Rousey," said McCall.
"I could put a judo gi on, [she's] an Olympian. You're not throwing me. It's not going to happen. I will throw you on your head. Pretty simple. And you weigh more than me."
"Ronda's definitely not the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. She's the best woman on the planet. That's cute. Cool. Well, we're doing men things. Different. I get it, you're really good and all but to compare her to Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Demetrious Johnson or Cain Velasquez ... come on. Any of the champions. It's a different world. It just frustrates me," said McCall.
Admittedly, the likelihood of Rousey trying her hand at it is slim-to-none.
She might just be the best female fighter on the planet but the UFC has come a long way and has mostly shed it's stereotype as a bloodthirsty, violent 'freakshow' and having a man face a woman on PPV just screams bad press.
Yet still, have hope because Rousey might just be able to talk her way into a fight with a man and although it's just a dream bout, Pacquiao facing Mayweather was once the very same thing.