Or at least that’s what Ed Soares, Silva’s manager, told MMA Weekly:
“Anderson really would love to fight Roy Jones, Jr. in a boxing match,” says his manager, Ed Soares, confirming recent speculation. “It’s not just talk, we really would like to put that fight together. We respect Jones’ boxing ability and think he’s one of the best,” said Soares, “but we’re tired of different boxers saying that MMA fighters aren’t technical. Anderson would love to fight Roy Jones in a boxing match under boxing rules to prove that MMA fighters are technical, too.”
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, Anderson. I understand that you want to show the world that your striking is just as good as any boxer’s, but is this really necessary? Especially against a guy like Roy Jones, Jr., who has held multiple titles in several different divisions in boxing? I don’t think that’s the first opponent you want to face inside a boxing ring. It just doesn’t make sense, especially when there are still challenges left for you in the UFC (i.e. Georges St. Pierre, Yushin Okami, Wanderlei Silva, etc.).
Plus, what would Dana White think about all this? There’s no way he ever lets you step inside the ring with Roy Jones, Jr. Not a chance in hell. Stick to MMA, Anderson. You’re very, very good at it. Stepping into the ring with a boxer the caliber of Jones, Jr. might not be the smartest career choice.