It’s been rumored for weeks after Floyd Mayweather was photographed going inside the Octagon with UFC president Dana White. Now, the undefeated boxer has confirmed that he’s been training for a possible transition into the UFC.
Apparently, he’s been talking with Tyron Woodley to join the welterweight champion’s camp.
“I’m gonna start soon,” the 41-year-old said. “We’ve been texting back and forth. We talked a couple times, so we gonna start working out real soon.”
While some might think that a boxer transitioning to UFC is like a fish out of water, Mayweather warned against underestimating him.
“I can wrestle. My wrestling game is not that bad,” he added. “On a scale from 1 to 10, it’s probably a 7. And I think we can take it up to a 9 if possible. Of course, my hand game, on a scale of 1 to 10, is 100.”
If there’s one weakness to his arsenal, it would be his kicking skill. “My kicking game, on a scale from 1 to 10, is probably a 4.”
Woodley, for his part, believes that he can get Mayweather ready in just two-and-a-half months because he’s only going to teach specific skills.
The boxer’s standup skills are already elite so paired with the right matchup—a UFC striker who also considers himself as a standup fighter, for instance—he can dominate. In terms of training, Woodley said that he can improve the Mayweather’s kicking skills in “two or three weeks.”
“For some of the wrestling defensive things, it’s gonna be very similar to boxing, because boxing has a lot of angles, a lot of head motion, a lot of using your great footwork,” he said, adding that defending against a wrestler also takes a lot of footwork.
But Mayweather doesn’t seem so confident about Woodley’s timeline.
“Even if it takes six to eight months, whatever it takes, we just want to make sure everything is done correctly,” the undefeated boxer said.