Over the last few months, there has been significant buzz about undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. stepping int the Octagon to compete in MMA.
It all began when Mayweather suggested he’d been in talks with the UFC.
“I can come right back,” Mayweather said during an Instagram live video. “If I want to, I can come right back to the UFC. I can go fight in the Octagon. I can do a three or four-fight deal in the Octagon and make a billion dollars. Remember, I’m Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, and you motherf*ckers love me, and I love you motherf*ckers.”
From there, UFC President Dana White confirmed there had really been talks between the UFC and Mayweather.
“We’re talking to Floyd about doing a UFC deal,” he told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “It’s real. He was talking about boxing Conor McGregor. Was that real? Have you heard Floyd talk about many things that aren’t real? He usually tips his hand when he’s in the media and then that sh*t ends up happening.”
More recently still, Mayweather posted a number of Instagram videos of himself inside an MMA cage.
On the latest episode of UFC Tonight, White gave an update on the possibility of Floyd Mayweather fighting in the UFC.
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“You know, Floyd said leading up to the fight with Conor [McGregor] that he would do both [boxing and MMA],” White said. “So we’ll see what happens. Obviously, the only way making that fight [with McGregor] again makes sense is if [Mayweather] comes into the Octagon. We went over and boxed him – the UFC and Conor McGregor – and now it’s time for him to reciprocate and come fight in the Octagon.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/7/2018.