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Jon Jones: A Boxing Match with Floyd Mayweather Would Be 'Pretty Competitive'

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - APRIL 08:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones shadow boxes during a media event at Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness Academy on April 8, 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  (Photo by Steve Snowden/Getty Images)
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John HeinisSenior Analyst IMay 9, 2013

Jon Jones, the youngest champion in UFC history, has proven that there are few, if any, competitors at 205 pounds that can give him a legitimate fight at this point in his career. 

"Bones" is known for being extremely well-rounded with great takedowns, submissions, ground and pound and innovative striking. 

Nevertheless, his comments on the radio show Power 105.1 (via Larry Brown Sports) that he could hang with undefeated boxer Floyd "Money" Mayweather are still a bit surprising. 

To be honest with you, if it was all hands, it would probably be a pretty competitive match. But that's not fighting, either. You can't be at the bar and be like, alright, no kicking, no taking me down, don't stretch my shirt out. It's not like that. What I do, I consider it to be the true art of fighting. To do everything. Fighting Floyd Mayweather wouldn't even be right. Nobody would want to see that.

It should come as no surprise that Jones' confidence is at an all-time high after steamrolling rival Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 last month, scoring a first-round TKO despite a nasty dislocated toe

With the victory, Jones tied Tito Ortiz's UFC light heavyweight record of five consecutive title defenses. 

He has also won nine fights in a row over the likes of former champions Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort

As great as Jones—the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC's official rankings—is, it's hard to imagine he could go punch-for-punch with Mayweather. 

Mayweather is a five-division world champion boxer who is still going strong at 36 years old, improving his record to 44-0 on Saturday with a unanimous decision win over Robert Guerrero. 

Of course, Jones, who stands 6'4" tall and weighs around 230 pounds in between fights, admitted that no one is dying to see him square off with the 5'8", 147-pound boxing superstar in the ring or the cage.

As far as his UFC career goes, the Greg Jackson's MMA standout has expressed an interest in defending his belt against surging contender Alexander Gustafsson (via MMA Fighting). 

 

John Heinis is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA Editor for eDraft.com and contributes MMA videos to The Young Turks Sports Show.

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