Many combat sports fans have been begging for Floyd Mayweather to venture inside the Octagon for an MMA fight ever since he had a boxing match against UFC superstar Conor McGregor last summer.
Mayweather had teased the possibility of stepping foot into an Octagon for an MMA fight recently on his social media through a series of posts. However, he quickly followed this up and said that he didn't have any plans of stepping out of retirement again.
Recently though, UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley had said that he offered to provide MMA training to the undefeated boxer. Realising that the idea is starting to gain momentum again, Floyd has entertained the idea of fighting in MMA more during a recent interview.
Speaking to TMZ Sports this week, Mayweather said he’s going to take up Woodley on his offer, claiming their work together could begin in the very near future.
Mayweather said according to MMA Junkie: “I’m going to start soon. We’ve been texting back and forth. We talked a couple times, but we’re going to start working out real soon.”
This is great news for fans that have been begging for McGregor vs Mayweather inside the Octagon ever since their boxing match finished last summer. While Woodley has said he could train Mayweather in MMA in just three months, the boxer himself believes it will take at least double the amount of time to make sure everything is done correctly.
He said: “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.
“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. 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.”
As expected though, Mayweather also admitted the right amount needs to be on the table for him to step into an Octagon for an MMA fight, and he has a lot of respect for the guys that do it.
The undefeated boxer said: “Of course, they’re going to present the right numbers and we going to make it happen. 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.”
It would be great to see Mayweather inside an Octagon for an MMA fight with the UFC, but at the moment, it still sounds more like a dream than a reality despite the optimism of the boxer.