Will Floyd Mayweather Ever Fight in the UFC?

Published 05/16/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: (L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Floyd Mayweather, arguably the greatest boxer of the era, has surpassed the limits of a boxing ring to expand his reign as an entertainer, businessman, and celebrity. While he has remained untouched in his professional boxing career, the five-division world champion has locked horns against a kickboxer, MMA star, and a WWE wrestler in his journey.

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Hence, many fans tag him as a picture-perfect combatant. But Mayweather has fought all his opponents in what appeared to be traditional boxing fights, and putting him in a unique form of combat can shed light on the flaws of his game. Meanwhile, a lucrative payday and a sensational fighting experience can urge Mayweather to take the step.

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That said, fans have wanted to see him cross over to the UFC octagon on umpteen occasions. Although the idea may seem bizarre, ‘Money’ Mayweather has also appeared optimistic about making the move. However, 44-year-old Floyd Mayweather is now looking for exhibition boxing fights against Internet stars. So, his intention towards a UFC bout could have changed, but can his desire to enter the octagon be re-ignited?

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‘Money’ Mayweather registered his 50 career win via TKO against two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor in 2017. Hosting one of the biggest PPV fights of all time, Mayweather showcased his superiority inside the squared circle. However, the duo never fought in McGregor’s yard.

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Although Floyd Mayweather was recently spotted in interaction with Dana White and RIZIN chief Sakakibara, he may not enter the octagon soon. Instead, the 44-year-old boxer will return to the squared circle in an exhibition bout against ‘The Maverick’ Logan Paul on June 6. Moreover, Mayweather might not opt to face an active MMA fighter inside the cage.

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Perhaps, an exhibition bout under a specific rule set could urge him to lace up the UFC gloves. However, after Mayweather’s current stance of targeting celebrity exhibitions, it seems unlikely he will fight in the UFC.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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