Dominating Boxing champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquaio expressed an interest in trying out mixed martial arts recently, but says his managers would probably not allow it.
Manny Pacquiao on the subject of Mixed Martial Arts: Pacquiao said he watched MMA and UFC, but said it was “too brutal” when asked for his thoughts on the sport.
When asked if he would ever consider trying his hand at Mixed Martial Arts, Pacquiao replied to BoxingScene – “I want to, but they [promters and management] don’t want me to fight.”
He said if promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank and adviser Michael Koncz said it was okay, he would consider entering the cage. Michael Koncz cut in at that point and told Pacquiao – “you know that you could do what you want.”
Most likely, the boxing champ will not have a chance to step in a cage anytime soon, as he has his hands full with an upcoming fight against Antonio Margarito in November.Pacquiao’s managers surely would not want to see another debacle like the James Toney vs Randy Couture to occur with their client, so they of course are highly advising against the crossover.
Perhaps in a few years the The Mexicutioner will be able to turn his hands free in an mma event, as many other athletes have recently also looked to do. Most recently the seven foot Basketball center, Shaquille O’neal was heard calling out Hong-man Choi, and Tito Ortiz for an MMA fight. Should athletes from other sports be taken serious in their requests to step into the cage?