Anderson Silva is one of the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time, but the late-career switch to boxing has gone better than anyone could have imagined thus far.
The 46-year-old defeated former world champion Julio César Chávez Jr before knocking out Tito Ortiz this year and is currently 3-1 overall.
So what’s next for Silva? An exhibition with Floyd Mayweather has captured his imagination.
“When I finished the fight with Tito and I saw on my Twitter and my Instagram, everybody talking ‘you need to fight with [Floyd] Mayweather!’” Silva said on The MMA Hour.
“I don’t know, that’s insane! I don’t know if I can fight on the same level as Mayweather but this is a challenge for me.
“I don’t know, maybe this happens or not. I’m prepared for that. I just try to do my best everyday and I think this is a good fight, me and Mayweather.
“Two big names and a different level. I have got to try to prove why I’m there to fight with Mayweather. I don’t know if this happens or not but I’m prepared for a good challenge for myself.”
Silva was a career middleweight and one-time light-heavyweight in UFC. He’s six-foot-two, but weighed in at 190lbs for his bout with Ortiz.
That’s very similar to what Logan Paul’s build was for his bout with Mayweather and although the legend outboxed the YouTuber, he struggled to hurt him and put him away.
“When people talk about [the size difference], I say the same – I’m too big,” Silva added. “But Mayweather fought with Logan Paul and I can fight, too. I can [weigh] 189, 190 [pounds] and fight Mayweather. Let’s go see.
“Of course if this fight were to happen, it’s a show fight, not a real fight, but I think that’s good. Let’s go see.”
The Paul brothers have been widely reported as future opponents for Silva.
The UFC legend would entertain the idea of facing them, but he thinks they need more respect on their names.
“A lot of people are talking about that,” Silva said about facing Jake Paul. “I’m just waiting. I’m preparing my mind. I’m preparing my body. I train everyday with my coaches to do my best. I don’t know. We’ll see.”
“A lot of people talking about that [fight with Logan Paul], but I respect both kids,” Silva said. “Because the kids are so smart, but I prefer to stay on my side training hard and don’t say something about the kids. Because the kids are doing a good job.
“People need to respect them both, because both kids are doing something special. The kids prove this world has changed.”
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