OK…this is just getting silly now. Multiple reports and interviews have Floyd Mayweather heavily linked to a UFC/MMA debut sometime this year. Could the Mayweather camp be serious with this latest statement?
Perhaps we were all fooled into thinking the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor experiment was a one-time thing. When the unlikely pairing of UFC champion vs. boxing legend was originally made, we had thought this was as far as it would go.
Ten rounds into their August 26 fight in Las Vegas, it was clear why MMA champions weren’t crossing over to box seasoned veterans on a regular basis. Mayweather used the bare minimum amount of effort throughout the fight, before turning it on in the final frame.
As McGregor fell and his bank account rose, the circus, we thought, would leave town. Less than six months later, McGregor and Mayweather are at it again under a new guise.
MayMac 2..or Whatever
Once again everyone is talking about a fighter from one sport crossing over to face his rival to the latter’s advantage. This time its Mayweather who would be up against the odds as the Irishman’s rules would be in play.
But however (un)realistic this is or isn’t, Mayweather’s team remains confident, or at least semi-confident on their fighter.
Check out what Uncle Jeff said about Floyd’s transition to MMA. Mayweather could even fight CM Punk first, according to his longtime trainer:
“I don’t know who (CM Punk) is, but we might actually whoop his ass first,” Jeff told Mayweather Boxing Channel.
“It’s the same thing that went through Conor’s mind. It’s money, it was an event, basically, this would be the same thing but in reverse. If it’s about money then it’s worth the risk, it doesn’t harm Floyd’s legacy. It’s different sports, it didn’t hamper Conor’s legacy (coming to boxing).”
“He’s not a boxer so nobody expected him to win. Even my ass, first of all, Floyd carried him. Conor was going to get knocked out, and what happened? He got knocked out. The reality is this, Floyd’s sport is different.”
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“The punches in MMA are completely different, Conor has a massive advantage over Floy, but Floyd has a chance. He is way faster and way more elusive than Conor, and he punches harder than Conor.”
“The same way he whooped his ass in boxing he can whoop him in MMA. It’s a dance, it ain’t about running, that’s boxing. MMA fighters do it too. McGregor can’t do that as well as him, and as long as he does that Floyd has a chance of winning.”