Rumors have swirled, and are now more rampant, that retired boxing icon Floyd Mayweather may be stepping into the UFC for a Money Fight rematch with Conor McGregor — this time in McGregor’s backyard of MMA.
Mayweather defeated McGregor via TKO in the 10th round of their boxing bout back in August — an event that generated over four billion pay-per-view buys. And similar to how Mayweather opened as the heavy betting favorite in that bout, McGregor has opened as the favorite in this unofficial bout.
But not everyone seems to be writing off Mayweather in an MMA bout. As reported by The Strait Times, UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber feels Mayweather stands some sort of chance.
“Obviously, the game plan for Conor, in an MMA fight, is to take Floyd down [to the ground],” Faber said. “But every MMA fight starts on the feet, standing. And Floyd has got some of the best hands.
Conor put his pride aside, said he wanted to test his skill set as a professional boxer, and of course, he had a long history of being a stand-up fighter. If Floyd wants to put his pride aside the same way, great. But I doubt it will happen because he’s kind of old to be jumping into a brand new sport. But the truth is, he stands a puncher’s chance.
Faber is no stranger to McGregor. Both men served as coaches in the 22nd season of The Ultimate Fighter, leading up to McGregor facing Faber’s teammate, Chad Mendes, in an interim featherweight title fight at UFC 189.
Original Story: The Strait Times