The combat sports world has been buzzing about a recent report, whereby Dana White relayed that they’re in talks with Floyd Mayweather about fighting in the UFC. But,the boxing star says it’s not going to happen….
The rumors about Mayweather possibly throwing hands in the Octagon kicked off recently, when “Money” said he could come out of retirement and fight in the UFC. Then Joe Rogan reported that Dana White had told him that Mayweather is serious about fighting for the promotion, and the UFC President repeated that to ESPN.
“We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather,” Mayweather said. “And I don’t look forward to getting back in a boxing ring, that’s what I don’t look forward to. I’m just saying I could — I’m not doing it — but I’m saying what I could do to make a billion dollars quick, if I wanted to do that. That’s what I was saying. I never said I was gonna fight in the UFC. I didn’t say that. I said if I wanted to and what I could. Could and would do is different things. I’m not gonna do it, though.”
So, this certainly makes more sense, if this is in fact, what’s transpired. As Mayweather also noted in the interview, he’s almost 41 year’s old, so it’s pretty hard to imagine him moving into MMA at this juncture. The decorated boxer retired from professional fighting with a 50-0 record, so, one would think he wouldn’t want to risk getting crushed in the Octagon. Yes, even if it went down in a different sport.
Further, there are legitimate questions, in terms of whether Mayweather would be sanctioned to fight a well established, MMA fighter.
But, money makes the world go around, and if Mayweather did want to try his luck in the Octagon, chances are the powers that be would find a way to make it happen.