Bellator heavyweight GP semi-finalist and former UFC middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen believes that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will return to action, despite having announced his third retirement in the summer. “Money” claimed he would hang up his gloves for good following his victory over Conor McGregor in August, yet Sonnen isn’t buying it.
“Floyd Mayweather comes out and he…puts out like a little video…of him getting into an MMA cage. We know he’s not doing MMA, there’s nothing about that but why would he be wanting to keep his name out there? I know the answer, I just want to tell you guys. Floyd’s fightin’ again. He’s gonna box,” Sonnen said in a video you can watch below.
“But he’s fighting again, make no mistake, Floyd Mayweather is boxing again. He has no choice. The only thing more embellished than Floyd Mayweather’s pay-per-view numbers is Floyd Mayweather’s net worth.”
Sonnen believes that the 40-year-old will return to boxing, rather than move into MMA as some speculate. The chief reason for Mayweather’s potential comeback is down to finances, according to the American Gangster:
“I really think he’s fighting Conor [McGregor]. I’m kind of out on a limb on that one but I have some evidence to support it. The one reason you always have to retire is if you can’t have a comeback until you have a retirement so everything’s lined up for that. He’s seeking attention for some reason. I think it’s pretty obvious, he’s gonna box again and why not pick your opponent? I think we’re a lot more likely to see that fight than you people think.”
It would certainly be an eye-catching scenario if Mayweather did step inside the Octagon, but the chances of that happening are still mega slim. If the Mayweather vs. McGregor rematch is to happen, and there is not enough perceived interest in a boxing bout, it would be highly likely that any alternative fighting rule set would preclude takedowns and submissions, and more than likely, anything other than striking with the hand.
There is no doubt that Mayweather is very conscious of his wishes to exit boxing with all his faculties in check, so it would make zero sense for him, as a 40-year-old, to challenge a UFC champion inside the Octagon. A man with the disadvantages Mayweather would take into the cage against McGregor, who is 11-years younger, would not be ideal. Sonnen may be on to something here, but would anyone really be happy to fork out another 100 dollars to watch a repeat of the first bout?
Colby Covington furthers his case for a title shot
Chael Sonnen’s fellow Oregon-native, UFC welterweight and resident loudmouth Colby Covington, believes that a title fight between champion Tyron Woodley and challenger Rafael dos Anjos will be the ‘worst selling pay-per-view of all time.’
“You’re going to do the least amount of pay-per-views ever in history if they do Woodley and RDA,” Covington told MMAjunkie Radio. “I just don’t get why they want to do RDA. It’s not a money fight.”
“Tyron wants to be the hero, so if he wants to be the hero, he needs to come fight me. I’m the villain. I’m the bad guy of the division. I’m the most hated guy in the division.”
Covington argues that his status as UFC badboy is enough to sell tickets and pay-per-views, setting up an entertaining dynamic against Woodley who he believes is looking to play the opposite role. dos Anjos has been a revelation at welterweight, and is currently 3-0 since his move frrom lightweight last year. Having lost his title in an underwhelming perfromance he blamed on a disatruous weight cut, the Brazilian promised he would be better at 170-pounds and has delivered, thus far.
Covington is clearly not convinced, and believes that the UFC is missing an opportunity in failing to promote him as he would like:
“If they don’t like me, they don’t like me. That’s their decision,” Covington said. “They’re losing out on business. They’re losing out on money. They don’t see that I’m the money fight. I’m the new money fighter in the division.”
“I’m the new star of the UFC. They need a guy like me, and they don’t see my potential. But that’s OK. I’m not out to please everyone. If the UFC doesn’t like what I’m doing, it is what it is.”