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Fighters React To Report Of Floyd Mayweather Being In Talks With The UFC

The news broke earlier today that the 50-0 legend is discussing a potential move to the UFC with it’s president, Dana White.

The two negotiated the May/Mac boxing spectacular that we and 4.3m others saw in August, but that appeared to be the last time that they would cross paths.

Floyd Mayweather did make some noise in the build-up to his fight with Conor McGregor about having a rematch inside the famed UFC Octagon, though that was understandably chalked up to mere bravado.

‘Money’ made similar remarks earlier this month, before Dana White confirmed today to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that they have indeed been in contact.

“We’re talking to Floyd about doing a UFC deal. It’s real. We’re interested in doing something with Floyd. Everything is a realistic possibility.”

It’s impossible to comprehend Mayweather standing bare-foot in the Octagon, sporting Reebok shorts sans sponsorship. But in this post-May/Mac era, anything seems possible. The news certainly got tongues wagging in the MMA world and further afield.

UFC flyweight champion and pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson got the ball rolling by issuing an invitation to welcome Mayweather to the cage.

His refusal to fight now-bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw in his last outing earned ‘Mighty Mouse’ some criticism, however.

At the other end of the weight scale, heavyweight title holder Stipe Miocic perhaps had the most accurate and succinct statement to make on the report.

SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh shared similar scepticism.

Disbelief over the move happening is one thing, but how would Floyd fare in MMA? UFC commentator, pundit and ex-welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy doesn’t rate his chances.

Ubiquitous heavyweight Chase Sherman’s suggestion that McGregor sparring partner Artem Lobov gets the nod sparked much discussion, including a fight prediction from lightweight Chas Skelly.

Featherweight contender Cub Swanson smells an opportunity, and promises to keep the fight standing, an opportunity that James Toney never received in his ill-fated UFC outing.

Boxer Tony Bellew highlighted how the difference between the two sports provides a mammoth mountain to climb for anyone on his side of the divide.

We’ll leave the final word to Irish Olympic boxing silver medallist, John Joe Nevin.


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