The will he / won’t he retirement speculation on Anderson Silva continues. We all know that Anderson Silva is hellbent on boxing Roy Jones Jr, but we’d all assumed that he’d walk away from MMA to do it. Now his manager Ed Soares is implying that while a boxing bout is in Anderson Silva’s future, it doesn’t mean he’s going to quit MMA:
“It is a personal dream and a professional goal to, at some point in time, fight in a professional boxing match,” Soares said. “But he doesn’t intend to quit fighting MMA. He has a contract to fight in MMA but it is a personal dream of his to fight in a pro boxing match.”
Silva’s contract with the UFC reportedly has five more fights left on it, so it’s not like Silva is going to be leaving MMA this year or, most likely, even next year. But he might leave for boxing eventually, and if he does, Jones is eager to fight him. Jones recently reiterated to the Los Angeles Times that he could see himself fighting Silva next year.
“I’ve heard as soon as [Silva’s] contract is open, he’ll fight,” Jones told the LA Times, adding that he’ll probably fight one more opponent this year, “and then I’ll see what’s up with Anderson.”
Personally, I kinda feel like we’re stuck in this tug of war where privately, all signs point to Anderson Silva retiring after his UFC contract is up and the Roy Jones Jr fight is over with. In the meantime, his manager continues to say ambiguous shit in public which implies that hey maybe Anderson WILL continue fighting afterwards. I don’t buy it, but maybe I’m the only one getting that weird ‘un-truthy’ vibe from Soares. Just a reminder: if Anderson really is done after his 5 fights are up, then there’s only one more mystery fight left for him.