Father/coach: It looks like Mayweather is headed to the UFC
In April of 2016, the idea of Conor McGregor boxing Floyd Mayweather was first floated. It was scoffed at for many months. In August of 2017, they boxed in one of the most lucrative moments in sports and entertainment history.
Now the idea of Floyd Mayweather entering the Octagon is being floated. It is being scoffed at. But this weekend Mayweather’s father and trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr., appeared on the Mayweather Boxing Channel and said his son does actually want to fight.
“The way I see it, I have to believe that this is where it’s going,” said the elder Mayweather, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “The way it looks, I think so. I don’t know what the legacy is because as of now, he has enough money and he’s got enough to live until his life runs out.”
Mayweather was then asked if he believes his son should step into the cage?
“I don’t even know how to say it because there ain’t no way to say it because everything is done right now. I wouldn’t,” he replied. “As his trainer, no, as his father, no. I want him to have all the money he’s got. The money he’s got, he’s got enough money – look here, it’s crazy money, man. He’s his own man though, that’s one thing about him.”
“I’m gonna tell you the truth about it, I think he can win a few fights but I think it’s best to leave it alone. You can do your own thing but you’re in somebody else’s playground now and holes and stuff are in there. You just can’t do that. Don’t get me wrong, I believe he can beat some fighters like the same as he did with the other guy but it ain’t worth it. Anytime you’ve done what he’s done, there ain’t no other way he can go right now but backwards. That’s the only way he can go right now.”
The idea of Mayweather entering the Octagon is crazy. But McGregor entering the ring was crazy, too. Less crazy, but still crazy.