Floyd Mayweather claims he’s set to begin MMA training with Tyrone Woodley
Whether you believe him or not, Floyd Mayweather claims he’s set begin MMA training ahead of a UFC fight.
“Money” Mayweather retired after he knocked out UFC star Conor McGregor in August, but now he tells TMZ Sports, via ESPN, that he’s going to start MMA training with UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
“I’m gonna start soon,” Mayweather (50-0, 27 knockouts) said. “We’ve been texting back and forth. We talked a couple times, so we gonna start working out real soon.
“I can wrestle. My wrestling game is not that bad,. On a scale from 1 to 10, it’s probably a 7. And I think we can take it up to a 9 if possible. Of course, my hand game, on a scale of 1 to 10, is 100. My kicking game, on a scale from 1 to 10, is probably a 4.”
Of course, Mayweather’s remarks should be taken with a grain of salt. He’s now 41, financially secure and so, too, is his legacy in boxing.
A UFC debut would surely net Mayweather several hundreds of millions more dollars, though. UFC President Dana White told ESPN in December that the MMA organization was in talks with Mayweather about 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 shit ends up happening.”
Mayweather said he would need six to eight months to prepare for his MMA debut, and a fight against McGregor, one of the best practitioners in that sport, would be a surprise, despite the rumors.
“I haven’t even started training yet,” Mayweather said. “I’m in [Los Angeles], moving around a little bit. … It’s all about presenting the right numbers. Of course, they gonna present the right numbers and we’re going to make it happen.”
Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger