Not long ago, rarely a day would go by, where there wasn’t talk about Floyd Mayweather possibly getting in the Octagon. But, based off recent comments the boxing star’s made, it sounds like Mayweather could be rethinking a move into MMA.
Several months ago, Mayweather started hinting (trolling?) that he was thinking about giving MMA a go. Then, things really started to take off, when Mayweather said there was a “50 / 50” chance that he’d fight under MMA rules. The undefeated fighter even talked with UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley about possibly training together.
Well, fast forward to today, and things have been somewhat quiet on the Mayweather MMA front right? Mayweather recently spoke with the Filipino outlet ABS-CBN Sports, and when asked about fighting again, he said this:
“As of right now, I’m touring around the world, doing different things, embracing my fans, getting love from all around the world, right now I’m just travelling.” Mayweather Jr. said. “I don’t know what the future holds, but as of right now, I’m retired.”
“I’m not thinking about fighting right now.”
Now, Mayweather also relayed that if he does come back, it will be in the “Octagon” and not the ring. But, these comments are a departure from what he had been saying previously.
Recently Mayweather’s head of security, Greg La Rosa, appeared on MMA Junkie.com Radio. When he was asked if Mayweather is seriously interested in MMA, La Rosa said he is. In addition, the latter said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“Man, if I had to guess, I’d say it’s closer to happening”
So, the door isn’t quite shut yet on this, but when you consider Mayweather is now 41, he doesn’t really have a lot of time to keep punting this down the line. If, of course, this isn’t some type of PR job.
Mayweather returned from retirement last summer to box Conor McGregor, and stopped the former UFC champ in round ten.