By Kirk Jackson
Manny Pacquiao, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton.
All former combatants victimized by boxing’s top fighter, Floyd Mayweather.
Apparently, the current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, isn’t worried about the list of victims, as she continues to ascend to higher levels of popularity and push buttons disrespecting one of boxing’s greats.
Recently she has gone on record in public interviews, Reddit AMA forums, claiming she can defeat boxing legend Floyd Mayweather.
“Floyd is one of the best boxers of all time,” Rousey said.
“In a no-rules fight, I believe I can beat anyone on this planet. Boxing is a sweet science with strict rules that I respect very much and aspire every day to improve at. But you said rule-less fight and that’s my honest answer.”
Oddly enough, Rousey is indeed like Mayweather, which is by design.
Mayweather known for supposed outrageous declarations is no stranger to controversy. With statements claiming to be the greatest fighter of all-time, or wanting to be referred to as “TBE” or “The Best Ever” Mayweather, is a walking headline.
Rousey, like some of her other Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) counterparts are living of the Mayweather name, consistently referencing him at any chance.
A few years ago, Rousey would constantly compliment Mayweather in interviews, discussing her admiration for him as a fighter and marketing genius.
She essentially patterned her branding after him.
But aside from irrational statements and constant bashing and trashing of her opponents, what’s another way to gain more popularity, aside from excelling at your craft?
If the mainstream public perception holds a negative sentiment towards Mayweather, what’s the easiest way to gain public approval?
Fall in line and disrespect the person (Mayweather) most people dislike anyways.
Something align to what Rousey did years ago claiming she wanted to punch socialite Kim Kardashian.
Most media outlets tremble in fear in regards to the new media darling Rousey, as dissing her would certainly come across as “uncool.”
The media, the machine, won’t choose a black male, especially one with a history of accusations of domestic abuse, over a blonde haired white woman.
The media hardly went after soccer star Hope Solo, with her trail of domestic abuse allegations.
How can Mayweather respond to Rousey, aside from mentioning his net worth? It’s not like he can say he’ll fight her, or that he would beat her. It’s a lose-lose situation for him in that regard. It’s difficult to look cool stating you’ll beat a woman in combat.
In regards to this man vs. a woman, Mayweather vs. Rousey, let’s be honest here.
Rousey is not beating Mayweather in combat. She is not going to beat any world level, male professional champion for that matter.
Whether it’s the boxing ring, the octagon, it’s not going to happen and a match between the two should not happen.
On another note, for whatever reason, people have a tendency to believe boxers can’t defend themselves in a fighting art outside of boxing.
Like a fighter cannot defend themselves in a street brawl. A good majority of boxers, especially the great ones with Mayweather not being an exception, come from the streets.
Mike Tyson wrestled a tiger.
Tigers can weigh up to 675 lbs. Any world level boxer can probably hold their own if allowed enough time to train.
Maybe Rousey can beat Mayweather on the sticks on PlayStation, but not in any form of physical combat.
A fight featuring Rousey vs. Mayweather encourages something that is or should be frowned upon.
Female empowerment, female encouragement is great, we should see more of it. But if theoretically there was a match-up between Rousey and Mayweather, would that encourage more male on female violence?
Would we see a trend of increased domestic disputes because the marketing behind the fight would be significant, what would be the ending effect on the culture of this country? And what should also be noted is domestic violence goes both ways, women attack men too.
At the end of the day, Rousey is doing exactly what Mayweather has done time and time again.
Grabbing our attention with eye grabbing statements, as she continues to build her name, her brand and she is doing it quite successfully.