Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr is applying for an MMA license and bookmakers are offering 3/1 on him fighting in the Octagon in 2018. Mayweather retired unbeaten with a 50-0 record after beating MMA star.
<p>Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr is applying for an MMA license and bookmakers are offering 3/1 on him fighting in the Octagon in 2018. Mayweather retired unbeaten with a 50-0 record after beating MMA star Conor McGregor in the boxing ring last year. Now speculation abounds that they will have a rematch in the Octagon and McGregor has been made the heavy favourite to secure a comprehensive victory if the fight takes place.</p><p>Sky Bet is offering just 1/33 on McGregor beating Mayweather under MMA rules, while Ladbrokes and Coral have priced the Irishman at 1/16. Mayweather meanwhile is the 9/1 underdog, should the fight occur. Many speculated that McGregor would never pull on boxing gloves and take on Mayweather at his own game, but he did and it proved to be an extremely lucrative evening for both men. A confidentiality agreement means the exact split between the fighters will not be revealed, but Mayweather is thought to have emerged $180 million richer from the bout, while McGregor revealed he is now $100 million richer in total.</p><p>McGregor was expected to take a hiding, as it was his first ever professional boxing match and he was up against a man widely considered to be the best pound-for-pound boxer of all time. But McGregor did not disgrace himself at all, and took the fight all the way to round 10, where Mayweather eventually won via a stoppage. But McGregor took a couple of rounds and impressed retired pros like Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Evander Holyfield.</p><p>That led some to believe that Mayweather could be tempted to switch disciplines and give McGregor the rematch he craves, on the Irishman’s terms this time. Now he has applied for an MMA licence and he said: “Everything takes time. Eventually, we're gonna apply for the license, and hopefully we can fight. Even if it takes 6 to 8 months, whatever it takes. We want to make sure that everything is done correctly.” Mayweather will be trained by UFC champion Tyron Woodley as he prepares to tailor his attributes towards MMA. “Floyd Mayweather is interested in taking an MMA bout, maybe a few of them,” said Woodley. “So, who better than The Chosen One to teach him the ropes on how we get off the ropes and get in the cage!” Woodley reckons that Mayweather can certainly win in the cage, even if he ends up facing the mighty McGregor, who has regularly been ranked the best pound-for-pound UFC star in the world. The Chosen One believes that if his new protégé keeps the fights on the feet, he would be formidable opponent MMA contests.</p><p>“Blocking kicks is really easy,” Woodley said. “Once you get to the point where Floyd Mayweather is at, you can see that his boxing, his defence, his ability to see a punch coming in a fraction of a second and avoid or evade that punch, comes from repetition. Drilling over and over and over again. So that’s all we would have to do to utilize blocking kicks. Obviously, every round starts on the feet, every fight starts on the feet, and if you can keep it on the feet, I think that he can hold his own with pretty much anyone in that weight division. My job is to really just help him avoid being taken down, using angles, using footwork, using defense, how to get back up if he gets taken down.”</p><p>Plenty of boxers have tried to make the crossover into UFC and flopped, but Mayweather appears to be taking his conversion extremely seriously, with a realistic plan to achieve success. It will be intriguing to see how he gets on, as he is now aged 41, but he has the potential to be a strong contender due to his intelligence, speed and athleticism. He and McGregor have already proved that they will do business on a fight, however ludicrous it initially sounds, so we could be in for a rematch in the Octagon, which would be the biggest sporting event of 2018.</p>