Is Ronda Rousey in a hopeless situation? The boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. has apparently offered to work with Ronda Rousey and coach her. Rousey suffered a devasatating loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, last Dec. 30, 2016. Since then, the future of her career has been one hazy question mark.
Fans naturally can’t wait for her to step back into the octagon. But others are cautioning that unless she shapes up from the lopsided defeat to Amanda Nunes, retirement looks even better.
Some Handiwork Required
While facing Nunes for the Bantamweight Championship, Rousey was needed to score a win in order to put the loss to Holly Holm behind her. Unfortunately, Nunes had other plans.
Nunes came straight out of the gate aggressive, launching punch after punch that found their targets (mainly Rousey’s head). Rousey tried to go on the defensive, and she clearly tried maneuvering around the ring for some much-needed space. But Nunes stayed relentless, and yet remarkably simple, with her attack patterns. She jabbed repeatedly until the KO was scored.
The loss revealed Rousey’s weakness: she’s not a great boxer. She’s an excellent submission expert, a great ground fighter (Olympic judo training, after all), but in terms of standing up and exchanging strikes? Nunes outclassed her. So who better to coach her than one of the world’s best boxers? “I’ll work with her if she’s willing to work with me,” Floyd Mayweather said when TMZ caught up with him.
Fixing The Image
Floyd Mayweather remains one of the most polarizing figures in sports today, let alone professional boxing alone. At the sound of the prospect of Mayweather coaching Rousey, several netizens immediately voiced how this could be a horrible idea for Rousey. Mayweather’s style has been criticized as evasive and cowardly. He doesn’t face up with his opponents; he sneaks in some hits and spends the rest of his time shying away. Technically good for wins, but not for ‘real’ fights. And unlike in boxing, Rousey’s MMA opponents have the option to bring her to the floor.
Still, it’s not to say that Rousey can’t learn a thing or two regarding handiwork. Mayweather’s style is both quick and methodical. Some slippery work, such as what he showed versus Manny Pacquiao in 2015, could benefit Rousey.
But there’s also the PR. The chance to stay relevant in the public eye and, therefore, a greater opportunity to set up her redemption. The news that she was getting help from someone like Mayweather would definitely grab attention. It may be a polarizing one, too, of course. But as they say, any press is good press.
Her recent statement says she’s taking time for some self-reflection, and didn’t say anything about retirement. If she wants to let the world know she’s still serious about fighting, accepting a coaching offer from Floyd Mayweather would be the way to do it.