As if Conor McGregor crossing over into the ring to box Floyd Mayweather in 2017 wasn’t crazy enough, it’s starting to sound like there’s a very real chance Floyd will make his MMA debut in the UFC later this year. Initial teases from Mayweather on the subject were met with a lot of skepticism, but now we’ve got UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley setting up a training camp for the boxing legend and Mayweather confirming it all.
“I’m gonna start soon,” Mayweather told TMZ Sports. “We talked a couple of times so we’re gonna start working out real soon.
“It’s probably going to be a little difficult, but it is what it is. Probably going to take a litle bit longer [than 3 months]. Even if it takes six to eight months, whatever it takes, we want to make sure everything is done correctly and everything is done the right way.”
But Mayweather also notes that he isn’t starting from zero in any area of the game and already has some decent wrestling, which is the first glaring hole any boxer would have to fill to stay upright in the Octagon.
“I can wrestle,” Floyd said. “My wrestling game is not that bad. On a scale from one to 10, I would say it’s probably a seven, and I think we could take it up to like a nine, if possible. Of course my hand game is, a scale from one to 10, it’s 100. And my kicking game, on a scale from one to 10, it’s probably a four. So we have to tweak a few things, take things to that next level.”
As for whether he’d step in and face Conor right off the bat, Mayweather wasn’t sure.
“I really don’t know. We can’t say. I have to talk to my team, talk with my father, see how it’s going to play out. It’s all about presenting the right numbers, and of course they’re going to present the right numbers and we’re going to make it happen.”