Floyd Mayweather Takes Another Huge Step Toward Fighting In The UFC

Bryan Brandom
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Floyd Mayweather is heading down a road that Conor McGregor once traveled before him, and it looks like it’ll once again lead to their squaring off in a cross-sport bout.

On Sunday night, the undefeated boxing champion revealed to TMZ that he’s about to apply to become a licensed professional mixed martial arts fighter.

“Everything takes time. Eventually, we’re gonna apply for the license, and hopefully we can fight,” Money said.

The interviewer then suggested it’d take three months of preparation for the boxer to fight in the world’s premier MMA promotion, but Mayweather interrupted him with a lengthier estimate.

“I’ll probably need a little bit longer. Even if it takes six to eight months — whatever it takes. We want to make sure that everything is done correctly.”

We’ve seen this play out before, but in the opposite direction: A McGregor–Mayweather boxing match once seemed like an impossible pipe dream, then the two started trash-talking, then Dana White expressed an openness to making the fight happen, then McGregor went out and got his boxing license, then boom, the two clashed in a fight that earned them an estimated $300 million to $450 million combined.

Now the combatants are going through the same thing, just the other way around.

Floyd even made a video of himself trying his hand at the new sport, though he didn’t look as ridiculous as McGregor had in his.

The rematch, in an octagon, is most certainly on.