Jorge Masvidal wants a crack at Canelo Alvarez, and one coach believes the BMF champion can give Canelo a run for his money.
“I think he can be very competitive, and he can shock some people,” Masvidal’s head coach Mike Brown told MMA Fighting on Tuesday.
“This is what he’s best at,” Brown said of Masvidal’s boxing. “He’s got maybe the highest fight IQ of anybody I’ve ever met. Boxing is where he’s most comfortable, (and) what he’s been doing the longest since he was a teenager. It comes most natural to him. He also has the ability to change things up and do wild and crazy things with unique footwork with things nobody has ever seen.
“I mean, he’s got an amazing [skill set]. I learn a lot from the guy. I learn things all the time. During camps when I’m training him, I’m learning new things, because he has so many other techniques and ideas that are new or different from what I’ve seen. It’s like exchanging information. I’m getting better all the time, too.”
“For whatever reason, the early rounds in that fight were really competitive,” Brown said of the first time a mixed martial artist stepped into the boxing ring at McGregor vs. Mayweather. “Whether (or not) it was Mayweather kind of giving those rounds away to kind of let Conor gas himself out to make sure he wasn’t dangerous until he came on. Whatever reason, Conor did really well in the early rounds until he gassed.
“I mean, maybe it was only because Mayweather was throwing those rounds away. Maybe. But he was competitive until he gassed. Jorge’s gas tank is much better than Conor’s.”
Report: MMA Fighting