The man who knows Floyd Mayweather Jr. as well as anyone predicts a mixed future for him in the fight game.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. told Mayweather Boxing Channel last week he believes his son, the retired boxing legend, will transition to mixed martial arts in the near future. Mayweather recently has teased a switch to MMA and reportedly discussed a potential UFC fight with Conor McGregor. This leads Mayweather Sr. to one conclusion.
“The way I see it, I have to believe that this is where it’s going,” Mayweather Sr. told host Amer Abdallah. “The way it looks, I think so.”
That said, Mayweather Sr. believes his son would be making a mistake by fighting in MMA, even for upwards of $500 million, which Mayweather Jr. reportedly might bank from a UFC fight against McGregor.
“I donât know what the legacy is because as of now, he has enough money and heâs got enough to live until his life runs out,” Mayweather Sr. said. “I donât even know how to say it because there ainât no way to say it because everything is done right now.
“I wouldnât (advise him to fight in MMA). As his trainer, no, as his father, no. I want him to have all the money heâs got. The money heâs got, heâs got enough money — look here, itâs crazy money, man. Heâs his own man though, thatâs one thing about him.”
Here’s why Mayweather Sr. believes the boxing great would endure mixed fortunes in the octagon:
âIâm gonna tell you the truth about it: I think he can win a few fights but I think itâs best to leave it alone. You can do your own thing but youâre in somebody elseâs playground now and holes and stuff are in there. You just canât do that. Donât get me wrong, I believe he can beat some fighters like the same as he did with the other guy, but it ainât worth it. Anytime youâve done what heâs done, there ainât no other way he can go right now but backwards. Thatâs the only way he can go right now.â
If Mayweather struggles to succeed in MMA, no one can say he wasn’t warned.