Anderson Silva vs Georges St. Pierre is MMA's Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather

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That's according to famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach on the most recent episode of Ultimate Insider:

"It's a great fight. It's Pacquio-Mayweather in MMA. It's one guy going up in weight to fight the bigger and supposedly better guy. Anderson is the better boxer at this point. Georges is getting better. I'm a lot closer with Georges than I am with Anderson at this point. There are some things I've learned about Anderson I think I can help Georges with. ... That's one fight I don't think you'd have to worry about Anderson getting up for. For that fight I expect both guys to be at their best. Georges is stronger physically and can rough him up on the inside. Anderson is more of a technician and knows distance. Distance is the key to that fight, though. "

UFC President Dana White is always happy to point out the major difference (in his mind) between boxing and MMA is the fact that the former has trouble putting on the fights fans want to see while the latter does so on a monthly basis. And there is no fight boxing fans want to see more than Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather. Consensus opinion though, is it's simply not going to happen. This is not the case with its MMA equivalent -- Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre. On the same episode of Ultimate Insider, White tells a fan that if GSP defeats Jake Shields at UFC 129 on April 30 in Toronto, we can expect to see the superfight "by the end of 2011 or early 2012." Music to the ears of combat sports fans everywhere, I'm sure, but also an intriguing bout for Roach. The uber-trainer has put in work with both the middleweight and welterweight champion and says "The Spider" is the better boxer with more technique, while "Rush" is stronger and can rough up Silva once he gets on the inside. Not only that, he believes he can help St. Pierre exploit a few stand-up holes in the Brazilian's game, something no one has done successfully throughout his Octagon career. Anyone care to disagree with Roach's assessment of each fighter? You know where to state your case if you do.

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