Undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather wants to test his mettle in the perilous arena of mixed martial arts. At the very least, that’s what he wants us to believe. Regardless of whether or not the 41-year-old Mayweather ever actually makes this jump, he’ll reportedly begin game-planning and training with UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley very soon.
Woodley, who offered to prepare Mayweather for his MMA debut, updated on the boxer’s transition in an interview with TMZ. Apparently, his role in Mayweather’s training will have more to do with game-planning than actual hands-on training, though there could be a few legitimate training sessions peppered in throughout the process.
“I talked to Floyd yesterday actually,” Woodley said (h/t MMAFighting.com) “He’s in Miami right now and we’re coordinating dates on training…”
“We’re beginning the process of setting up the timing. I think more of it is gonna be game-planning strategy over the phone and talking about the game-plan of training, because if you think about the wrestling, if you think about the jiu-jitsu, if you think about the kicking aspect of the game, he does not have to go out there and learn how to kick like Bruce Lee. He does not have to go out there and become a black belt overnight, he just has to be able to stop it and get in boxing range and I think anybody in the UFC, he’s gonna be able to handle his own with.”
“I think we’re gonna start most of it next week, so I think we’re gonna start some of the strategy talks next week and we might get some sessions in as well.”
Do you think Floyd Mayweather will ever actually step into the cage, or is this whole thing just talk? How do you think he’ll benefit from the tutelage of Tyron Woodley? Join the conversation in the comments section below.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/23/2018.