At the very least, Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants us to believe that he is planning to try his hand at mixed martial arts at some point this year. And if he actually tries to make it happen, it sounds like the network he is under contract with is willing to help.
TMZ caught up with Showtime Sports executive vice president Stephen Espinoza at the Super Bowl this week, and he said he had seen Mayweather’s cryptic social media posts this week indicating the undefeated boxer is training for an MMA fight. Espinoza said he plans to meet with Mayweather in Minneapolis and those videos will be “a topic of conversation.” He also didn’t rule out Mayweather fighting in the UFC.
“There’s a chance,” Espinoza said. “Whatever he puts his mind to, he sort of wills it to happen. He willed the McGregor fight to happen. So if he sets his mind to it, it’ll happen.”
On Tuesday, Mayweather posted a short clip with no dialogue that showed him climbing into the octagon. He followed that up with another video on Wednesday, and that was the strongest indication to date that he’s not done fighting.
Come at the king, you best not miss… pic.twitter.com/uHx4SJngHx
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) February 1, 2018
Dana White has said numerous times that Mayweather fighting in the UFC is a possibility, and Floyd and Conor McGregor have continued to take shots at one another on social media. While Mayweather, who is 40 and has no MMA experience, would stand virtually no chance against McGregor in an MMA setting, we all know how much money the fight would make.
- Floyd Mayweather Jr.
It is incredibly unlikely that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will ever take part in an actual MMA bout, but that isn’t stopping the undefeated boxer from climbing into the octagon to fuel speculation about it.
On Tuesday, Mayweather posted a short clip on social media that showed him stepping into the cage and pacing around like he was waiting for a fight. Floyd said nothing in the video and the post had no caption.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) January 30, 2018
Of course, many instantly believed that Mayweather could be hinting at something. Is he planning to try his hand at MMA? Could a UFC fight between him and Conor McGregor actually happen? McGregor responded with a tweet of his own:
Hahahaha very good. Keep up the good work my son.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 30, 2018
Mayweather is 40 and has zero MMA experience. It would be even more dangerous for him to go from the boxing ring to the octagon than it was for McGregor to do the opposite, and Floyd has to know that. He also knows that his brand grows stronger the longer he can stay in the spotlight, which is why he continues to take shots at McGregor any chance he gets.
Long story short: We’d be shocked if there is any hidden meaning behind Mayweather’s little video.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has made no bones about the fact that money is the most important thing in his life, so you’ll have to excuse him if he applies his own principles to social activist movements.
As almost anyone who owns a computer or television set could tell you, the “#MeToo” movement is one that has gained recognition in recent months as a way for people to speak out against sexual harassment and assault. Many women have shared their stories of being victims of such behavior and used the hashtag #MeToo as a show of solidarity. In a recent interview with Jordyn Taylor of Men’s Health, Mayweather was asked how he believes men can grow in 2018 in light of the “me too” movement.
“The who?” the undefeated boxer asked.
When Taylor informed Mayweather that she was referring to sexual assault, he seemed clueless.
“When you say ‘me too’ … When somebody is like, ‘I got a Rolls Royce, I be like ‘me too,'” Mayweather said. “When somebody say they got a private jet, I say, ‘Me too. I got two. Me too.'”
Floyd can’t be serious, can he?
“Well, I didn’t know!” he insisted. “My Me Too movement from the beginning was whenever somebody said what they have I’m like, ‘me too.’ Somebody say they got a billion dollars, I say, ‘I made a billion dollars, me too.'”
If that’s Mayweather’s way of trying to troll everyone, it’s in pretty poor taste. As someone who has a well-documented history with domestic violence, Floyd should tread lightly when discussing topics of that nature.
H/T Barstool Sports
- Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Conor McGregor is supposedly wanted by the Irish cartel after he punched the wrong person at a nightclub a couple of months back, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. finds the whole thing hilarious.
McGregor has not seemed concerned about the reported bounty the cartel has on his head, but Mayweather doesn’t want the story to die. On Wednesday, the undefeated boxer shared a screenshot of a headline claiming McGregor is a wanted man and mocked his former opponent.
“I already f—ed you up in 2017 now they about to f– you up in 2018,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “You’re about to start your new year off with a bang.”
Mayweather also included an emoji of a coffin.
As you might expect, McGregor couldn’t resist firing back.
I am the cartel.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 10, 2018
A crime reporter in Ireland said he believes McGregor is in serious danger, but that was over a month ago.
While McGregor and Mayweather are unlikely to ever fight again, that hasn’t stopped them from taunting one another in recent months. Even after they squared up, the two don’t want to let their feud die.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. has downplayed any talk of him potentially coming out of retirement to fight in the UFC, but Dana White insists it is still a possibility.
White appeared on FS1’s “Undisputed” on Thursday, and he was asked about Mayweather recently stressing that he only said he “could” fight in the UFC and not that he “would.” The implication was that it’s not going to happen, but White revealed that he has a meeting scheduled with Floyd’s people.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) December 28, 2017
“What I said was don’t count anything out on him coming over to the UFC,” White said. “Anything is possible. I did not believe that McGregor-Mayweather would happen and it did, so anything’s possible. I actually have a meeting with those guys today — with (Floyd’s) crew.”
White also said he is interested in getting into boxing in 2018, so perhaps that has something to do with why he is meeting with The Money Team.
Mayweather has said that he could make $1 billion if he agreed to a three- or four-fight deal with the UFC, but that seems highly unlikely for a 40-year-old with no MMA experience. He would probably only go into the octagon for a one-time spectacle fight. The fight fans would want to see is Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, and McGregor seems like he has been trying to antagonize Floyd on social media. However, the two are in different weight classes.
With all the money that was made in the Mayweather-McGregor fight, it’s no surprise White still wants to be in business with Mayweather in some capacity. That’s probably why he is doing his best to keep the buzz alive.
Conor McGregor seems to be goading Floyd Mayweather amid rumors of the boxer potentially heading to the UFC.
ESPN shared a photo on Twitter Thursday of a young Mayweather and photoshopped UFC gloves onto his fists.
What if Floyd Mayweather decided to trade his boxing gloves for UFC gloves? pic.twitter.com/sFFn5R6SAw
— ESPN (@espn) December 21, 2017
Their tweet seemed like a trial balloon to see what the fan reaction would be. They also found out what McGregor’s reaction would be.
Virgin ears https://t.co/Q58KN2qXwM
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 22, 2017
The “virgin ears” tweet came a day after McGregor, unsolicited, tweeted “p—y.” Many figured that tweet was intended for Mayweather.
On Wednesday, UFC boss Dana White said he’s talking with Mayweather about a potential UFC deal. That got things stirred up, but Mayweather seemed to shoot down the likelihood of that happening.
“I never said I was going to fight in the UFC,” Mayweather told FightHype. “I didn’t say that. I said if I wanted to, and what I could do. Would and could do is different things. I’m not going to do it though.”
“They talk about ‘oh yeah Floyd said he’s fighting in the UFC for a billion dollars’. That’s not what I said.
“Exactly what I said is this: If I made over a billion dollars before, I could do it again. If I chose to get in the UFC and fight three fights or fight four fights and then fight Conor McGregor, I could make a billion dollars, which I can.
“I could do it in three fights, or even four fights, I can make a billion dollars if I choose to get in the octagon and fight. Fight three or four fights and then fight Conor McGregor in the octagon.”
The likelihood of Mayweather following a 3 or 4-fight plan in the UFC seems quite unlikely considering he’s 40 and hasn’t fought in MMA before. He would need to train extensively before his first fight, then would need recovery time before his following fights.
If he were to go into the octagon for a big payday, a one-time spectacle fight against someone who has a lot of marketability but limited MMA experience seems much more plausible. You know, someone like this.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. could potentially come out of retirement for a rematch against Conor McGregor, but the fight may not take place where everyone would expect it to.
On Wednesday, UFC president Dana White told ESPN’s Brett Okamato that he has had discussions with Mayweather about the undefeated boxing champion potentially fighting in the Octagon.
“We’re talking to Floyd about doing a UFC deal,” White said. “It’s real. He was talking about [boxing] Conor McGregor. Was that real? Have you heard Floyd talk about many things that aren’t real? He usually tips his hand when he’s in the media, and then that s— ends up happening.”
While the idea sounds extremely far-fetched, White was quick to point out that the same was said about Mayweather’s boxing match against McGregor before it actually happened.
“We’re interested in doing something with Floyd. Everything is a realistic possibility,” he added. “Mayweather vs. McGregor f—ing happened. Anything is possible.”
Mayweather got the UFC buzz off and running earlier this month, when he said during a live social media stream that UFC officials have reached out to him. The 15-time champion speculated that he could make $1 billion by signing with the UFC.
“They just called me not too long ago and asked me to come back,” Mayweather said. “I can come right back. If I wanted to, I can come right back to the UFC. I can go fight in the Octagon. I can do a three- or four-fight deal in the Octagon and make a billion dollars. Remember, I’m Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.”
Okamoto notes that there would be serious obstacles to Mayweather fighting McGregor in a UFC setting, as the two are in different weight classes and Mayweather would face an even bigger disadvantage in the cage than McGregor faced in the boxing ring.
No matter how crazy the numbers were surrounding Mayweather’s boxing match with McGregor, it still seems insane to think a 40-year-old with no MMA experience is going to fight in the UFC. We wouldn’t count on it happening.