According to ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael and Marc Stein, the idea may not be as far-fetched as most would think:
“Floyd Mayweather Jr., the world’s No. 1 boxer, is strongly considering a revolutionary jump to mixed martial arts under a deal being discussed with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.”
Prior to his huge fight with Oscar De La Hoya on May 5th, 2007, Mayweather made some very condescending remarks towards the UFC. So much so that UFC President Dana White brought then-UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk with him to publicly call-out boxing’s pound for pound king, Mayweather.
After defeating De La Hoya, Mayweather backed off on his comments that boxers were better fighters the mixed martial artists. Mayweather claimed he was just trying to drum up even more interest in his fight with De La Hoya.
Has Mayweather changed his mind? Apparently, Mark Cuban thinks there is a chance. Cuban believes that his friendship with Mayweather stemming from their participation last season on Dancing with the Stars could potentially lead to Mayweather stepping into HDNet fights’ cage.
“If I said there’s a guaranteed $30 million payday, Floyd would be lacing them up,” Cuban said.
The obvious question is could there even possibly be an MMA payday of 30 million of Mayweather? The clear answer is no. For Mayweather to compete in MMA, the motivation would have to be that he wants to be known as the best fighter in the world and not the just the best boxer in the world. If money is his motivation, this will not happen. It will just go down as another way for Mayweather to keep his name in print with the mainstream media.
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