The 5 Athletes We Would Love to See in the Ring

January 17, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; TNT analyst Charles Barkley talks outside the Staples Center before the start of the game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

With the recent fight over and just about everyone in the world hating on Floyd Mayweather, we are left with many questions. This is not the article that is going to answer them.

I do not condone violence. I never have, and I never will. Still, there are some impressive athletes in the world that we would pay big money to see fight.

Here is our list:

Jose Canseco, Former Major League Baseball Player

This one is a little different because we have seen him fight. The former MLB slugger took on Hong Man Choi in 2009. However, something tells me a lot of people would be really excited to see him face someone else in the ring. When he took on Choi, it did not go so well in Canseco’s favor. The MMA fight ended with the infamous former Bash Brother being knocked out one minute, 17 seconds into the first round, which is about the same amount of time it took the sports world to hate him.

Charles Barkley, Former NBA player/Current NBA analyst

This one isn’t out of annoyance or hate. To see the former NBA All-Star and MVP in the ring would be hilarious. The media and hype surrounding it would also be extremely entertaining.

Here are some quotes from Barkley to help support my idea:

My family got all over me because they said Bush is only for the rich people. Then I reminded them, ‘Hey, I’m rich’.

These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me, they won’t make you rebound like me, they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me. That’s it.

I’ll never go out with Madonna again.

And according to Sports Illustrated, former Orlando Magic general manager Pat Williams called him “the bizarre uncle you keep in the attic during the family reunion.”

Get some gloves, Barkley. It’s not as if this performance could be as bad as your golf game. On a related note, can we get Barkley and Michael Jordan to go at it for five rounds or so?

John Rocker, former Major League Baseball pitcher

It is difficult to handle someone who is open about their opinions. As much as we respect someone’s honesty, some people should just keep their mouth’s shut.

John Rocker, is one of those people.

Rocker made some awful statements about “foreigners” back in 1999 to Sports Illustrated that people will never forget. These words disgusted me so much, I don’t feel the need to post them.

Recently, Rocker tried to make a comeback starring in the reality television show “Survivor” in which he was voted off relatively early.

Needless to say, it wouldn’t be too terrible to see him try and take someone over several rounds, or vice versa.

Ray Rice, former running back, Baltimore Ravens

Everyone agrees with me on this. In fact, let’s see him take on either Barkley or Canseco. I don’t think it would end well for Rice.

Deion Sanders, former MLB/NFL player/current analyst

Few people can play more than one sport, even fewer than that can dominate those sports. Deion Sanders did just that. Prime Time not only made it as a professional baseball AND football player, but now he is dominating the sports world as a CBS Sports and NFL Network analyst.

He could easily keep up with someone in the ring even at the age of 47. Everyone would stop what they were doing to watch Sanders in the ring, whether they liked boxing or not.

Deion was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August of 2011.

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