Originally Posted by Keevel
MMA fighters have a longer sweet spot to shine in their careers. I can See Mayweather going straight MMA and doing well enough to get a title shot before he retires.
How do you see this? MMA is a sport you don't simply pick up and become great at in the matter of two years. Mayweather is way behind everyone in the MMA world because he's starting too late. Striking in boxing and MMA is also quite different, through slight nuances that go unnoticed by the untrained eye.
I highly doubt Floyd would ever get a title shot unless he was fed nothing but strikers that would want to trade, until said title fight, in a poverty-row organization. Even if he got the shot, he'd most likely get pumped.
We're truly entering a phase in MMA now where other combat sport/general sport athletes are convinced that they can simply transition to the big leagues of MMA in the matter of 1-2 years. The only athletes I'd consider truly capable of making the transition are those whom have trained wrestling/BJJ/kickboxers since youth.
In short, athletes that think they can make the transition to MMA easily should look at what happens to guys like Johnny Morton and Francois Botha.