Floyd Mayweather is approaching the octagon and soon he’ll decide whether to enter.
The boxing legend confirmed Monday during an interview with Fighthype.com he’s training seriously in mixed martial arts. He also revealed his first fight will be at the end of 2018, should he pursue a career in the sport.
“I started training already,” Mayweather told Fighthype.com, per MMAJunkie.com. “Not the physical part, just the endurance parts. I’ve been running so far. Mayweather Promotions signed their first MMA fighter. So I’m thinking about fighting in the MMA. I’ve thought about it. I started training in Miami. I look forward to fighting probably at the end of the year. We don’t know. Right now it’s at 50-50, it’s not 100 percent but I’ve already started training.”
Mayweather, who has used social media to tease an MMA career in recent months, told Fighthype.com he’s already the top draw in MMA. He also insists he wouldn’t avoid fighting UFC superstar Conor McGregor, whom he beat last August in the 10th round of their boxing match, in an MMA bout.
“I can’t really say how things are gonna play out,” Mayweather said. “I’m a numbers man. I’m all about the numbers. If the number’s like (a McGregor rematch), we can make it happen. One thing about me, I’m never ducking no fighters. I don’t duck.
“I know right now I’m the biggest name in MMA, hands down. I know this. And the second-biggest name is Conor McGregor. I know this.”
Since time flies in sports and life, we all should prepare to witness the spectacle that’s Mayweather’s MMA career.
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