A source close to situation that wishes to remain anonymous has informed Fightline.com that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been in close contact with UFC President Dana White and the two sides are discussing, or have “potentially” finalized, a deal that will usher in Mayweather’s long anticipated foray into MMA. It should be noted that our source has not been confirmed and as such the news should be viewed as informed speculation at best, however, other sources here and herehave echoed the same news.
Mayweather, an undefeated boxing superstar, recently retired from the sport leaving a huge megafight with Oscar De La Hoya on the table. He stated that he no longer felt the desire to box and that he needed to do what made him happy.
“I loved competing and winning and also wanted to continue my career for the fans, knowing they were there for me and enjoyed watching me fight,” Mayweather said in a publicly released statement. “However, after many sleepless nights and intense soul-searching, I realized I could no longer base my decision on anything but my own personal happiness, which I no longer could find.”
Mayweather is considered the greatest boxer of his generation and a legend of the sport. His signing would usher in a new era for MMA, further legitimizing the sport in the eyes of mainstream America and bringing legions of boxing fans and reporters to the octagon to follow and cover their sports greatest champion.