Although Floyd Mayweather emphatically stated that his fighting career was over after his August 26th bout with Conor McGregor, commentators were quick to suggest that they hadn’t seen the last of the undefeated ‘Money’ man.
Speaking recently, Mayweather has repeatedly claimed that he is considering an MMA debut and, although the suggestions have been derided even more than the initial rumours linking him with a boxing match with McGregor, the 41-year-old is insistent that this is very real.
“I started training already,” Mayweather said to Fighthype.com. “Not the physical part – endurance…”
“I’m thinking about fighting in the MMA, I’ve thought about it. … I started training in Miami. I look forward to fighting, probably by the end of the year. We don’t know. Right now it’s a 50-50 (chance), not a hundred percent. But we’ve started training.”
Reports recently suggested that the UFC’s welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, had offered to assist Mayweather in preparing for his MMA debut and speaking to Fighthype, the undefeated boxer confirmed that they have made an arrangement and have spoken multiple times.
“Me and Woodley have spoken to each other on numerous occasions. We talked. We said we’re going to start working out, as far as he’s got a great hand game already. I’m going to be working with different guys in the jiu-jitsu world. My wrestling game, I’m going to be working with guys with the wrestling. My kicking game, I’m going to be working with guys for the kicking game. Before I get in the octagon, I’ve got to be well rounded, all around the board.”
“Fighting is not nothing new for me. Fighting barefoot is something new, but fighting is nothing new for me. The thing is this — (say I’m) fighting a guy that has some unbelievable jiu-jitsu skills, unbelievable wrestling skills, but the thing is this: His chances of getting to me, I mean, the percentage of his chances getting to me to lock up with me, he has to come in first. But he may lock up with me, and he may get wrapped up in certain ways. You don’t know how things could play out or how things could happen. With MMA, anything can happen. It’s brutal. It’s very, very brutal.”
Although rumours of a Mayweather MMA bout continue to be scoffed at, fans and pundit alike are still convinced that they haven’t seen the last of the 41-year-old in the squared circle.
To add fuel to those murmurs, footage cropped up on Twitter this week showing the undefeated pugilist back doing what he does best – and he looked damn good doing it.
Check out the short snippet of Mayweather back in sparring below.
Maybe Floyd Mayweather isnt quite done with boxing after all….. ? pic.twitter.com/Qhb9iQCQcv
— EditinKing Boxing ? (@EditinKing) April 23, 2018
? 41-year-old Floyd Mayweather back sparring and not showing his age… pic.twitter.com/YCe8drswMU
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) April 23, 2018