Anderson Silva loves a challenge. The 46-year old UFC legend, left UFC last year, and took up professional boxing once again (after more than 16 years). He had made his pro boxing debut way back in 1998, before fighting one more time in 2005. Silva had a record of 1-1.
On the 19th of June, 2021, Spider took on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in front of his home-crowd of Guadalajara in Mexico, outstriking the Mexican to earn a stunning split decision victory. Three months later, on the 11th of September, 2021, Silva knocked former UFC champ Tito Ortiz out cold in just 80 seconds to take his boxing record to 3-1.
In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani (MMA Hour), Anderson Silva talked about the possibility of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather being his next opponent. While Silva did say that he was unsure about fighting in the same level as ‘Mr. Money’, he believed that it would be a good challenge for him.
“I don’t know if I can fight on same level as Floyd Mayweather” – Anderson Silva
Anderson Silva was quoted as saying, “I don’t know if I can fight on same level as Floyd Mayweather. But it’s a good challenge for me…I think this is good fight.” [via MMA Fighting]
Mayweather retired from professional boxing after beating UFC’s Conor McGregor in August 2017. He had an astonishing record of 50 wins and 0 losses at his time of retirement. Since then, Floyd has taken part in a couple of exhibition matches, the most notable one being his fight against YouTuber Logan Paul, for 8 rounds, in June 2021. The fight had no winner, since it was an exhibition fight with no ‘decision victory’.
If Floyd agrees to a fight, it will probably be an exhibition fight and not a professional one. There are also talks of Silva taking on Logan Paul next. It will be interesting to see how things pan out.