The anticipation for another cross-code fight is simmering thanks to fresh comments from former welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.
The 41-year-old said that he intends to come out of retirement to commence his UFC training later this year. The development comes via TMZ.com who also outlined that Mayweather will accept an offer to be coached by former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.
“I’m going to start soon,” said Mayweather.
“We’ve been texting back and forth. We talked a couple times, but we’re going to start working out real soon.”
Whilst Mayweather has ruled out fighting in the MMA in the past, his last bout with Conor McGregor drew in a big enough pay check to convince the boxer back into the ring. Speculation that this could happen again is possible given the right money is on the table.
Mayweather revealed to TMZ that he would need about six to eight months to prepare for any UFC debut.
“I’ll probably need a little bit longer (than three months),” he admitted. “A little bit longer. Even if it takes six to eight months, whatever it takes, we just want to make sure everything is done correctly, and everything is done the right way.”
“I can wrestle. My wrestling game is not that bad. On a scale from one to 10, I would say it’s probably a seven. We can take it up to a nine, if possible. Of course my hand game, on a scale of one to 10, it’s 100. The kicking game, on a scale from one to 10, it’s probably a four.”
“We have to tweak a few things to take things to the next level.”
Given that Mayweather claims to have roped in $300 million from his last fight with Conor McGregor, don’t expect the man to get into the Octagon for anything less than that.