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Floyd Mayweather confirms MMA crossover

Floyd Mayweather talks about his MMA training and rates his skills.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

TMZ just caught up with Floyd Mayweather who claims he’s serious about crossing-over into mixed martial arts and will begin training with MMA fighter Tyron Woodley shortly in order to prepare for this new foray. Check out what he had to say...

Mayweather on whether he’s already begun training with Woodley:

“I’ma start soon. We been texting back and forth, we talked a couple times. So we gonna start working out real, real soon.”

On how he’ll have to adapt his game to deal with kicks:

“With any and everything you have to make adjustments. So it’s probably gonna be a lil’ difficult but it is what it is.”

On if he’ll be able to make the transition with three months of MMA training:

“[I’ll] probably need a little bit longer, a little bit longer. Even if it takes 6-8 months, whatever it takes. We wanna make sure everything is done correctly and everything is done the right way.”

On if he expects to have to deal with wrestling tactics:

“I mean it doesn’t matter. 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.”

On if he’s going straight for a Conor McGregor fight:

“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.”

On how much it’ll take to get him in 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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