For whatever reason Gus Johnson chose to ask KJ Noons in his post-fight interview about fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. instead of the illegal knee he threw at the end of the Jorge Gurgel fight. The question seemed out of place then and still does now, but apparently getting in the ring or cage with one of the best boxers on the planet is something Noons is very serious about doing.
As you may have heard, Manny Pacquiao recently expressed an interest in trying MMA. When asked about it in a chat with Fight Hype, Noons said he would love to welcome Pacquiao into MMA, and if that didn’t work out, he’d be willing to get in a boxing ring with either Pacquiao or Mayweather. He also claims his camp has contacted theirs, and both are “very interested.”
“I would love to welcome Pacquiao into MMA. It would be an ideal situation for him because I don’t take guys down to the ground, and after that’s all said and done in the cage, I would be willing to step inside of the ring with him too, something we all knew Randy Couture wouldn’t do with James Toney.”
“I know Floyd isn’t looking to do MMA, but I would still be willing to fight Mayweather and Pacquiao in a boxing match and both camps have been reached, so we will see what happens.”
“I will put it this way, both camps have been reached and both camps were very interested.”
First of all, I would be absolutely shocked if we ever saw Manny Pacquiao in MMA. It just doesn’t make sense to give up $20 million paydays in boxing for a small fraction of that in MMA. As for boxing, it’s not really my thing, but it’s my understanding both Mayweather and Pacquiao are running out of credible challengers besides each other. Maybe one of them would bite on a “Boxing vs. MMA” gimmick bout? I don’t know, but good for Noons if he managed to actually land a fight with one of the two best boxers in the world. I can’t imagine he would stand a chance against either of them in a boxing ring, but it would be one heck of an opportunity he wouldn’t have even sniffed if it weren’t for his MMA career.
Before he starts thinking too much about Floyd or Manny though, he should probably focus all his energy on getting past Nick Diaz. Nick’s hands have improved tremendously since they last fought, and if he outboxes Noons in October, whats the point of either boxer even entertaining the idea of Noons stepping in the same ring with them?