ESPN UFC and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are discussing a deal that would bring the undefeated boxer into mixed martial arts, according to UFC president Dana White. “We’re talking to Floyd about doing a UFC deal,” White told ESPN. “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. “We’re interested in doing something with Floyd. Everything is a realistic possibility. Mayweather vs. McGregor f—ing happened. Anything is possible.” Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) is less than four months removed from an extremely lucrative boxing match against McGregor, UFC’s biggest star. After winning the bout via TKO in the 10th round, the 40-year-old promised it would be the final fight of his career.
You never say never in the fight game, as MMA fans, we know that from experience. However, this has got to be pretty damn close, because Floyd Mayweather taking an MMA Fight at 40-years-old would be completely insane. You can make the argument that unbeaten Floyd Mayweather is the greatest boxer of all-time, but boxing is a totally different sport than Mixed Martial Arts, and losing a few MMA Fights at the end of his career could absolutely tarnish Mayweather’s legacy. Floyd Mayweather turns 41-years-old in February, he’s not going to learn incredible takedown defense, and he’s not going to start catching opponents in kimuras. If Mayweather was going to take a UFC fight, he would have to be heavily protected, and matched up with an opponent when has absolutely no grappling experience, who would only stand and trade with Mayweather. Mayweather is not rematching Conor McGregor in the octagon. Do you remember when boxing star James “Lights Out” Toney fought Randy Couture in the UFC? Toney threw one haymaker, Couture took him down, and submitted him with an arm triangle choke. That’s what happens when you match up a boxing legend with an experienced grappler. If Floyd Mayweather was to take an MMA fight against a handpicked opponent, I would absolutely watch it and both Mayweather and the UFC would make a lot of dough, but I just cannot see it happening. Mayweather cares about his legacy, he wants his legacy to be possibly the greatest boxer of all-time, he does not want his final image in the minds of fans to be Mayweather tapping out to an arm bar or going to sleep in a rear naked choke.