The chances of Floyd Mayeather actually fighting in mixed martial arts (MMA) are pretty slim. Still, that hasn’t stopped the former pound-for-pound best boxer in the world from releasing videos and social media posts suggesting otherwise.
And while a fight against Conor McGregor seems to be the logical move should “Money” ever find himself stepping foot inside the Octagon in a real-fight scenario, Team Mayweather isn’t opposed to facing CM Punk, first.
“I don’t know who that is, but we might actually whoop his ass first,” Jeff Mayweather — Floyd’s uncle — told Jody Kohn via (Bloody Elbow) in a recent interview, suggesting that perhaps testing the waters against a novice like Punk wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Punk will return to the cage for at least one more fight, according to Dana White, and is rumored to be returning at the upcoming UFC 225 event on June 9, 2018, in Chicago, Ill., against Mike Jackson.
Still, if Floyd has a chance against any MMA fighter, it’s against Punk. Right, Joe Rogan?
As far as a bout against “Notorious,” Jeff says despite his inexperience in the sport, Floyd would dish out the same type of whooping on Conor -- a former two-time multi-division UFC champion — as he did in the boxing ring.
“He has a chance because, first of all, he’s way faster than Conor, he’s way more elusive than Conor, and he punches harder than Conor. Same way he whooped his ass in boxing, he whoops his ass in MMA.”
Still, Jeff is a realist and knows that should Conor get a hold of his nephew it will likely be all she wrote.
“It’s about no f—king shoulder roll. It’s about Floyd using his legs, being smart. If Floyd gets kicked or elbowed or gets kneed, anything like that, of course, the chances are he’s gonna lose,” he added.
“If Floyd uses his legs – and I’m talking about to f—king dance around (and move), ain’t no f—king running around,” he continued. “This is part of boxing, (and) MMA fighters do it, too. But they can’t do it as well as him ... and that’s the difference. As long as he does that, he gives himself a chance. He gives himself a chance because he keeps it within striking distance. But, if Floyd gets taken down, the fight’s gonna be over.”
Can you appreciate the honesty?