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Old 12-22-2007, 04:59 AM   #1
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Floyd Mayweather Jr., the world's No. 1 boxer, is strongly considering a revolutionary jump to mixed martial arts under a deal being discussed with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather's adviser and best friend, told ESPN.com Friday night that the five-division world champion, who generated 3.25 million pay-per-view buys and more than $200 million in revenue in two mega fights in 2007, came away from a Thursday meeting with Cuban giving serious thought to taking his game and considerable drawing power to MMA.

"It's definitely something he is interested in, and when Floyd makes his move, obviously it's going to be a mega event," Ellerbe said. "We don't have a timetable. Floyd is taking some time off, but Floyd understands what is involved. You have to take time to go out and understand what you're getting involved in, and he's ready to do that. But it's something he's definitely interested in doing.

"Mark Cuban is a very successful business man and has some very, very successful business ventures that we've discussed. We're looking to do a lot of business with Mark. He's a great guy, and we had a great meeting. Doing an MMA event with him is most definitely something we are looking at, among many things we are looking at doing with Mark Cuban."

Mayweather's interest in participating in an MMA event was sparked after he struck up a friendship with Cuban during their participation this season as contestants on the ABC reality series "Dancing with the Stars."

Cuban was Mayweather's guest at the fight and even carried two of his championship belts into the ring before he knocked out England's Ricky Hatton to retain the welterweight world championship Dec. 8 in Las Vegas.

Mayweather and Cuban were together again Thursday in Las Vegas, where they met to discuss various business ventures, including Mayweather participating in an MMA event.

A few boxers, such as former heavyweight contenders Ray Mercer and Frans Botha, have attempted to compete in mixed martial arts with little success. Mayweather's entrance would bring it to another level, especially at a time when the sports have been pitted against each other by fans and media -- MMA as the hotshot newcomer trying to overtake the century-old, more traditional sweet science.

One of Cuban's many business interests is ownership of HDNet Fights, a fledgling mixed martial arts promotional company whose bouts are aired on Cuban's HDNet. Cuban promoted his second event Dec. 15 in Dallas.

"Floyd is considering fighting with HDNet Fights," 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 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. 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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Old 12-22-2007, 11:42 AM   #2
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I really hope this is a bunch of bullshit.
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:47 AM   #3
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A load of nonsense.
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Old 12-22-2007, 01:47 PM   #4
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I hope it's the truth. Mayweather, as much as i don't like his personality, is a very rare athlete. I think he would be great in MMA if he studies ground defense for couple of years. With his natural ability Im sure he'll pick it up very fast.

You guys even serious right now? Wtf is wrong with you kids... this is #1 p4p boxer in the world. He was seeded out from THOUSANDS of other boxers. Personally, I can't wait to see what he could do in a cage.
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Old 12-22-2007, 02:00 PM   #5
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I'll believe it when I see it..

Hopefully they don't throw Floyd right to the wolves and bring him into the sport right, not just make some stupid boxing vs MMA spectacle and overmatch him.
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Old 12-22-2007, 02:51 PM   #6
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I hope it's the truth. Mayweather, as much as i don't like his personality, is a very rare athlete. I think he would be great in MMA if he studies ground defense for couple of years. With his natural ability Im sure he'll pick it up very fast.

You guys even serious right now? Wtf is wrong with you kids... this is #1 p4p boxer in the world. He was seeded out from THOUSANDS of other boxers. Personally, I can't wait to see what he could do in a cage.

Don't think it will happen, but agree 100%.
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Old 12-22-2007, 03:08 PM   #7
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will never happen

Cuban just trying to hype up hdnet fights. Mayweather just trying to hype up himself :P
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Old 12-22-2007, 08:28 PM   #8
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It's all promotion, it's what he do best
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Old 12-22-2007, 09:06 PM   #9
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even if he does do it he wont do well. hes not the type of boxer that will do well in MMA besides he wont be able to do his philly shel thing
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Old 12-22-2007, 10:29 PM   #10
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Yves Edwards ko's Floyd
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:25 PM   #11
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I would love to see this.
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Old 12-23-2007, 05:28 AM   #12
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First let me say this, I respect what Floyd has done in the ring. He is pound for pound the best. I would love to see him fight Cotto.

BUT!!!

When I look at him, I see a little boy who trys to act like a man.

he trys to come off real ****y and confident, but this dude is a kid inside.

Now look at him now, hes talking about doing something that will not pay a fraction of the money he is used to and he would have to start from ground zero.

Hes Just talking out his ass right now. He wants to please his new fake friends. (Mark Cuban) What I mean by fake friends is people who dont know the real you and you dont know the real them. It will pass [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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Old 12-23-2007, 05:29 AM   #13
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AND!! If he did do it, he will have done somethign I thought he couldnt ever do.

Take part in a even more boring fight
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Old 12-23-2007, 05:48 AM   #14
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AND!! If he did do it, he will have done somethign I thought he couldnt ever do.

Take part in a even more boring fight
it'll be everything "but" boring..
In boxing , it's predictable...We all know what he's worth / capable of...and he's too fast for most of his opponents...

there's things you can get away with in boxing but not in mma..
No one's gonna separate the fighters during the clinch like they do in boxing...

Personally i think he'll never do it...
but if a miracle happens , and if he really decides to cross the line and give mma a try...He'll never be as dominant that's for sure.

It's a huge sacrifice...but i guess money will have the last word , and could convince him to do it. I don't see it happening..but you never know.

He's gonna have to worry about subs , knees , elbows , wrestling , judo , kicks....He's in for a major change if he's serious about this..

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Old 12-23-2007, 03:54 PM   #15
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This is part of some game Floyd is playing. He will not participate in MMA. Even if there was a hint of truth in thi - he would need to train in the various MMA disciplines for a few years just to make sure he doesn't get crushed against the first non-jobber he met in the octagon.

Floyd will never compete in MMA.
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