Floyd Mayweather Jr. stated Monday he's willing to help Ronda Rousey with her boxing after she suffered her first career MMA loss in shocking fashion against Holly Holm on Saturday.
Ben Thompson of Fight Hype passed along comments from the undefeated five-division world champion boxer about the shocking result. He praised the former UFC women's bantamweight champion, but he offered his services to improve her all-around skill set: "I want Ronda Rousey to hold her head up high and don't let this discourage you. If you need help as far as with boxing, I'm here to help you. It's all about timing and inches. Her ground game is unbelievable. She'll be OK."
It's interesting to see Mayweather be so supportive of Rousey. The two combat superstars have exchanged verbal jabs in the past, but the boxer believes those issues were overblown and told Fight Hype he's "proud" of her.
The 28-year-old UFC sensation certainly looked out of her element against Holm. She failed to take control of the bout inside the first 30 seconds, as she has done so often in the past, and that opened the door for the challenger to pull off the stunning upset early in the second round, as shown by UFC on Fox:
Rousey will definitely need to improve her boxing ability, particularly defensively, before a potential rematch with Holm. While it's unlikely she would reach out to Mayweather based on their history of back-and-forth comments, he seemed ready to leave that in the past to help her improve.
She's also talked about possibly trying to become a boxing champion in the future. Few people would be able to help her make that transition better than Money. He's 49-0 for a reason, and after stating he was retiring after beating Andre Berto, he seemingly has plenty of time on his hands.
As unlikely a pairing as Rousey and Mayweather would be, it could make her more dominant than ever if she took him up on his offer.
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