Floyd Mayweather Jr has confirmed plans to apply for an MMA license as his UFC bout with Conor McGregor appears to be drawing ever closer.
The undefeated American boxer beat the Irishman in the ring back in August 2017. He confirmed he is set to take on McGregor on his terms.
Mayweather won handily in their boxing bout via a technical knockout in the 10th round before retiring from the sport once more.
But he will now return to fighting, albeit in a different arena, as he looks set for another mega-money bout with UFC’s biggest name.
Mayweather will be making a formal application to fight in the octagon. ‘Everything takes time. Eventually, we’re gonna apply for the license, and hopefully we can fight,’ Mayweather said.
He is set to train alongside UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, though he admitted it may take him up to eight months to get ready for the big showdown.
‘Even if it takes 6 to 8 months — whatever it takes,’ he added. ‘We want to make sure that everything is done correctly, and everything is done the right way.’
Irishman will return to the octagon against either Tony Ferguson or Khabib Nurmagomedov before a bout with the 41-year-old.
Mayweather is confident he possesses all the right attributes to compete with McGregor in UFC.
“I can wrestle. My wrestling game is not that bad. On a scale from one to 10, I would say it’s probably a seven,” he said earlier this month.
“We can take it up to a nine, if possible. Of course, my hand game, on a scale of one to 10, it’s 100.
“The kicking game, on a scale from one to 10, it’s probably a four. We have to tweak a few things to take things to the next level.”