Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather is reportedly preparing the paperwork to apply for a license to fight in the UFC.
“Everything takes time,” Mayweather, who retired with a 50-0 record, told TMZ. “Eventually, we’re gonna apply for the license, and hopefully we can fight.”
The boxer has been training with Tyron Woodley to prepare for a shift in career.
“Even if it takes 6 to 8 months — whatever it takes,” he added. “We want to make sure that everything is done correctly.”
Earlier, Mayweather said that he only needs to train his kicking skills and his wrestling because his striking is already elite. In fact, he rated his wrestling skill at 7 out of 10. He’s confident that he can improve it up to nine.
“Of course, my hand game on a scale of one to 10 is 100. The kicking game, on a scale of one to 10 is probably a four,” he said. “We have to tweak a few things then and take things to the next level.”
However, because this is Mayweather, he won’t just go inside the Octagon for the thrill of it. The numbers have to be right.
Even Conor McGregor’s coach Owen Roddy thinks that the 41-year-old is just going to hurt himself by fighting young guys who make their livelihood in the Octagon. He called the decision a “bad move.”
“I just think he doesn’t have enough time to learn what it takes to fight in the Octagon,” he said. “But he could make a lot of money. And money talks.”
Woodley, the welterweight champion, is fully confident that Mayweather won’t be a pushover when he steps into the Octagon. In fact, his main job is to make sure that the boxer will get enough defensive skills so he won’t be taken down to the canvass where he will be at a disadvantage.
He said that Mayweather’s task would be simple and that’s just to get “within boxing range.”