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Gus Johnson Says Manny Pacquiao Would "Get Killed" in MMA

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Manny Pacquiao is arguably the greatest boxer on the planet. Gus Johnson doesn't think that would be enough in MMA. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao is arguably the greatest boxer on the planet. Gus Johnson doesn't think that would be enough in MMA. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Noted boxing and mixed martial arts expert Gus Johnson was a guest on Dan Patrick's radio show, and offered his opinion on Manny Pacquiao fighting in mixed martial arts. From MMA Fighting:

In a radio interview with Dan Patrick, Johnson was asked how Pacquiao would do in an MMA fight against an MMA fighter, and Johnson said it's ridiculous to even think Pacquiao could last.

"He'd get killed," Johnson said of Pacquiao in the cage. "No question. Tapped out, easily. In a minute."

Now first things first, I haven't heard the show, but I'm guessing he was asked specifically if he thought Pacquiao, the world's top active boxer, would do well were he to transition to mixed martial arts. I find this question fundamentally irrelevant and useless, and to be fair I think it seems like Gus Johnson's response is sort of along those lines, and fair enough. Pacquiao would still be able to punch guys and all that, but there's simply a lot more to MMA than boxing, no matter which sport you prefer or whether or not you hate one of them.

Here are some similar questions I'd like to pose to sportscasters if I ever interview one:

  • "We all know Albert Pujols can hit a home run in baseball. But how would he do in cricket?"
  • "Just how good of a competitive figure skater would Jonathan Toews really be?"
  • "Jamaal Charles. Rugby. Your thoughts."

Anyway, for the record, in my personal opinion, yes -- if Manny Pacquiao fought a high-level mixed martial artist, he'd get tapped out in about a minute, particularly because I'm sure nobody is going to screw around waiting for him to start throwing punches.