Floyd Mayweather’s move to UFC has gathered even more pace over the weekend with the news the former pound for pound king will be applying for a license soon.
Speaking to TMZ, who have followed the story from day one, the 41 year-old outlined when he will begin training and stated a debut in the octagon may not happen until the end of 2018 or early 2019.
“We’re going to start working out real soon,” Mayweather told TMZ Sports in an earlier interview. “Even if it takes six to eight months, whatever it takes, we want to make sure everything is done correctly.
“I can wrestle. My wrestling game is not that bad. One a scale from one to 10, I would say it’s probably a seven. My hand game, on a scale of one to 10, is 100. The kicking game … that’s probably a four. We have to tweak a few things to take things to the next level.”
Updating on his plans, Mayweather has since added: “Everything takes time. Eventually, we’re gonna apply for the license, and hopefully we can fight.
“Even if it takes six to eight months — whatever it takes. We want to make sure that everything is done correctly, and everything is done the right way.”
Mayweather will be trained by current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley for his cross-codes venture, which could net the veteran further nine-figure cheques.
‘Money’ earned minimum purses of $100m for each of his last two bouts, and after linking up with Dana White for a battle with Conor McGregor previously, there’s no reason why those kind of sums cannot be reached in the UFC.