Whatever else you can fault the man on, you cannot say that Floyd Mayweather Jr is a man short on confidence.
Speaking to TMZ, the undefeated boxer answered a palette of questions about him being in touch with UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley to train for MMA, how he rates his wrestling and his chances of facing someone like Conor McGregor in his first MMA fight.
Asked whether he’s begun to train MMA, Floyd mentioned that he’d already gone back and forth with Woodley a couple of times through text…and is expecting to begin training soon.
However, the really interesting comments were forthcoming when he was quizzed about his proficiency in the skills required for MMA.
You know, I can wrestle. You know, my wrestling game is not that bad. On a scale from 1 to 10 I’ll say it’s probably a 7, and I think we can take it up to like a 9 if possible.
Of course my hand game on a scale from 1 to 10 is 100. And the kicking game, on a scale from 1 to 10, is probably a 4.
So we have to tweak a few things then, take things to that next level. You know I can’t overlook or knock any MMA guy. Tyron is unbelievable. Unbelievable fighter, tough competitor. Conor McGregor, he’s a tough competitor, helluva fighter.
There’s a lot of tough, rugged guys out there in MMA and I can’t overlook or disrespect those guys.
Another interesting snippet that Mayweather provided was when quizzed about whether he would straight away face Conor McGregor in his first MMA bout.
I was thinking…I mean, me, myself, I really don’t know. We can’t say. That’s why I pause because I can’t really say, you know. I have to talk with my team, speak with my father, and then see how it’s gonna play out.
However, as usual, he did seem sure about what was in it for him should he eventually step into the Octagon.
Well, you know, it’s all about presenting the right numbers. And, of course, they gonna present the right numbers [smiles]. And we gonna make it happen.
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