ESPN.com Claims Floyd Mayweather Is Considering MMA Fight

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The following is an excerpt from an article on ESPN.com:

“Floyd [Mayweather] is considering fighting with HDNet Fights,” [Mark] Cuban told ESPN.com. “We are going to let him visit some gyms to talk to some folks about what it would take to learn. He knows it won't be easy. But he is getting involved with MMA and HDNet Fights one way or another. He is pumped about it. He wants to go on to the next big thing. Floyd is a brilliant marketer. He follows the money.”

Indeed, Mayweather, like Cuban, knows how to make money. Mayweather, 30, won the year's two biggest fights, a decision against Oscar De La Hoya in May in a fight that shattered all boxing revenue records and a 10th-round knockout of [Ricky] Hatton that did 850,000 buys and $47 million in television revenue on HBO PPV.

Mayweather-De La Hoya, with 2.4 million buys, set the all-time PPV record. Mayweather-Hatton was the biggest PPV fight in history not involving De La Hoya or heavyweights Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

Mayweather earned about $50 million for the two fights.

“If I said there's a guaranteed $30 million payday, Floyd would be lacing them up,” Cuban said, optimistic that Mayweather would eventually participate in an MMA match. “If not, I could see him working to train and develop and invest in MMA fighters, knowing the upside. He can teach them how to be a better boxer and add to their other skills.”

After each of his last three fights, Mayweather has talked about retirement or, at least, an extended break. [Leonard] Ellerbe said Mayweather is on vacation now but that when he returns, they'll discuss the prospect of an MMA bout in more detail.

“Floyd is about taking on challenges,” Ellerbe said. “This ain't some kind of prank. That is one of many things we've talked about with Mark. Floyd would have to take time to really understand it, but it is most definitely something he is interested in.”

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