It looks like Floyd Mayweather is actually taking his MMA training seriously.
The back and forth between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor was mocked for months until, to the surprise of everyone, the fight was officially announced last June.
Now, Mayweather is being mocked for teasing a one-off fight under the UFC banner, but ‘The Best Ever’ is serious about making a transition to MMA.
Speaking to TMZ Sports in a recent interview, the undefeated boxing legend said he is in talks with reigning UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and hopes to commence MMA training ‘soon’, although it could take six to eight months before he’s ready to make his walk to the Octagon.
“I’m going to start soon,” Mayweather said, per MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn. “We’ve been texting back and forth. We talked a couple times, but we’re going to start working out real soon.
“I’ll probably need a little bit longer (than three months). A little bit longer. Even if it takes six to eight months, whatever it takes, we just want to make sure everything is done correctly, and everything is done the right way.”
Mayweather, who turned 41 in February, rates his wrestling a 7/10 and his kicking game a 4/10. His hands, Mayweather says, are the best in the world.
“I can wrestle. My wrestling game is not that bad. On a scale from one to 10, I would say it’s probably a seven,” he said. “We can take it up to a nine, if possible. Of course my hand game, on a scale of one to 10, it’s 100. The kicking game, on a scale from one to 10, it’s probably a four. We have to tweak a few things to take things to the next level.”
The multi-division boxing champion is confident his negotiations with the UFC will run smoothly and claims he will compete in the Octagon for ‘the right numbers’.
“Of course, they’re going to present the right numbers and we going to make it happen,” Mayweather stated. “I can’t overlook or knock any MMA guy. Tyron is unbelievable – unbelievable fighter, tough competitor. Conor McGregor, he’s a tough competitor, a hell of a fighter. There’s a lot of tough, rugged guys out there in the MMA. I can’t overlook or disrespect those guys.”
Mayweather did tease McGregor of an immediate rematch in the pre-fight build up to their boxing match, but no one took him seriously. ‘Money’ went on to stop McGregor in the 10th round, landing a heavy barrage of punches before referee Robert Byrd was forced to intervene and stop the fight.
Will Mayweather stay true to his word and grant McGregor a rematch under MMA rules? It seems highly unlikely, but last year’s boxing spectacle in Las Vegas proved that anything is possible in today’s ‘money fight’ era of combat sports.