Ex-Manchester United Stars Rooney and Ibrahimovic Touted for Possible Reunion in the Boxing Ring

Ibrahimovic and Rooney could become opponents in the ring

Ex-Manchester United Stars Rooney and Ibrahimovic Touted for Possible Reunion in the Boxing Ring

Ayoola Kelechi 23:18 - 02.03.2024

The former teammates with the Red Devils could become enemies in the boxing ring

Former Manchester United teammates Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are being hyped for a potential showdown not on the football pitch, but in a boxing ring. 

The prospect of these two football legends squaring off in a boxing match is generating significant buzz, particularly in the wake of Rooney's openness to participating in a high-profile bout organized by KSI's Misfits Boxing.

A Surprising Turn for Rooney and Ibrahimovic

Rooney, having experienced a storied football career and a recent stint in football management, is contemplating an unusual venture into the world of boxing. According to the Daily Mail, Rooney's openness to a fight under the Misfits Boxing banner has sparked speculation about his possible opponent, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic emerging as a sensational candidate.

Paulie Malignaggi, an analyst and former boxer, has stoked the flames by suggesting that a bout between Rooney and Ibrahimovic would not only be a blockbuster event but could also shatter pay-per-view records. "That fight would break all pay-per-view records, that would easily do a million buys. Easy," Malignaggi asserted, highlighting the massive draw such a match would have.

 A Promotional Goldmine For Boxers

The potential fight is seen as a promotional goldmine, leveraging the physicality and competitive nature both players displayed on the football field. The transition from teammates to boxing opponents could provide a compelling narrative, drawing in fans from both the football and boxing worlds.

Promoter Kalle Sauerland confirmed that discussions with Rooney about stepping into the ring have taken place, though Rooney himself remains focused on a return to football management. Despite the allure of a boxing match, Rooney's priority remains in the realm of football, leaving fans and pundits to speculate about what could be a captivating detour in his sporting journey.

Rooney's Caution Amid Speculation

In a conversation with Gary Neville on the Stick to Football Podcast, Rooney acknowledged the inquiries about participating in a boxing match but reiterated his commitment to pursuing a career in football management. "They've been in touch to fight, yeah. There's been a few and obviously that Misfits have been in [touch] and that's been all over the news," Rooney shared, indicating that while the offer is on the table, his heart remains in football.

While the idea of Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic donning boxing gloves to face off in the ring is tantalizing, it remains a speculative scenario. As both former footballers contemplate their next moves, the sports world watches with bated breath, wondering if this unprecedented match will come to fruition or remain a tantalizing "what if" in the annals of sports crossovers.

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