Kimbo Slice vs. Tank Abbott wasn’t the only big fight to take place in combat sports this past weekend. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Kelly Pavlik recorded a unanimous decision victory over Jermain Taylor in a non-title match this past Saturday at the MGM Grand in Vegas.
Pavlik is one of the best things going in boxing and one of the few stars in boxing that actually have any semblance of crossover appeal with the MMA audience. His aggressive, brawling nature is one that translates well with fans of MMA. As such, many have discussed Pavlik as a potential future mixed martial artist. Some of the talk seems to be closer to wishful thinking as opposed to something that is actually based on substance.
That being said, Pavlik has always been favorable when speaking about MMA and according to a recent article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he’s not ruling it out as something he might pursue in the future:
“I’ve thought about doing something like that. But right now, I don’t see it happening. I’m focused on boxing,” said Pavlik, who won a unanimous decision over Jermain Taylor at the MGM Grand Garden on Saturday. “But you never know. I may try it someday.”
Some people aren’t buying his comments though, including Pavlik’s trainer, Jack Loew:
“It ain’t happening,” he said. “Kelly has always loved contact. He was a great football player. But boxing is his life. I just don’t see it.”
As much as I’d love to see Pavlik try his hand at MMA, I agree with Loew’s assessment. Pavlik’s star in boxing is continuing to rise and he’s making good money, more money than he can make in MMA. There’s no incentive for him to abandon what he does best to venture into a sport that boxing is just one facet of.
It’s been reported in the past that UFC president Dana White is a big fan of Pavlik’s. In fact, the inside word is that White wasn’t watching Kimbo vs. Tank on Saturday and instead was at the MGM to see Pavlik vs. Taylor.