Floyd Mayweather entering the octagon seemed like a joke a few months ago, but “Money” already has plans to get an MMA license and Las Vegas has released odds for a potential megafight against Conor McGregor.
Even though Vegas has the boxing legend as a heavy underdog, one UFC champion believes Mayweather will be able to “hold his own” in the octagon.
Speaking on “UFC Tonight,” UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley — who has expressed interest in training Mayweather — explained why he thinks Mayweather will succeed in the MMA world.
“Blocking kicks is really easy,” Woodley said. “Once you get to the point where Floyd Mayweather is at, you can see that his boxing, his defense, his ability to see a punch coming in a fraction of a second and avoid or evade that punch, comes from repetition. Drilling over and over and over again. So that’s all we would have to do to utilize blocking kicks.
“Obviously, every round starts on the feet, every fight starts on the feet, and if you can keep it on the feet, I think that he can hold his own with pretty much anyone in (the lightweight division),” Woodley added. “My job is to really just help him avoid being taken down, using angles, using footwork, using defense, how to get back up if he gets taken down.”
Whether or not Mayweather actually ever fights McGregor remains to be seen. But getting a vote of confidence from one of the best in the fight game sure makes it seem like a rematch in the cage could happen down the road.
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