Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Ronda Rousey have never been known for their kindnesses to one another. In the summer of 2014, Mayweather claimed to have no idea who Rousey was and when Rousey picked up the ESPY for Best Fighter in 2015, she openly lashed out.
"I actually did the math, and given the numbers of my last fight, I'm actually the highest-paid UFC fighter, and I'm a woman. I think I actually make 2-3 times more than he does per second. ... So when he learns to read and write, he can text me."
At one point, she also referenced Mayweather's multiple charges for assault, wondering "how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once."
The verbal sparring was back during a time when Rousey was at the peak of the #UFC world. Not only had she effectively been a pioneer, blazing a trail in the UFC for other women, she was also dispatching her opponents with deadly armbars in quick succession, and became known for taking out her competition in the ring in under a minute. Now, though, things are a bit different. While Rousey is certainly not hurting for cash for her bouts - she's estimated to have brought home $3 million for her match against Nunes, who only snagged $100,000 - her pride has no doubt taken a significant trouncing, given that she has now been stopped cold in her last two matchups against noted strikers in under a minute.
Mayweather's stance about #Rousey seems to have softened, too. After the Olympic judoka lost her title against #Holm in November 2015 in #UFC193, Mayweather said, "I want Ronda Rousey to hold her head up high and don't let this discourage you."
Rousey has yet to decide whether she'll be returning to the ring, but in her loss to current women's bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes in UFC 207, the man coaching her has come under fire. Edmond Tarveydan, Rousey's longtime coach, has come under fire since #UFC207 for failing to sharpen the former champ's striking game, with #AmandaNunes leading the assault.
"Yeah, because she thinks that she's a boxer, you know?" she said of Tarveydan's training. "He like put this thing in her head and make the girl believe in that. I don't know why he did that. She have great judo, and she can go far in this division, but he put some crazy thing about boxing, and her career started to go down. And if I win that, I am the real striker. This is the only thing I wanted to look at him, to say it."
Indeed, Tarveydan appears as though he may not have exactly what it takes for fighters to be truly successful; since taking on Rousey's boyfriend Travis Browne, a 7-2-1 heavyweight once at the top of his game, Browne's record is now 2-3 in his last five fights. These are not impressive statistics for a coach who's supposed to be pushing his stable of fighters to the top of their game.
With Mayweather's apparent offer to coach Rousey on her striking game if she decides to continue fighting, Rousey may have the key that she needs to unlock further successes in UFC. They key word through all of this is "if" - UFC president Dana White has said that Rousey has yet to tell him what she wants to do in the long run.
“Ronda and I haven’t talked,” White said. “We text, yesterday was the first day that we started texting and even if it’s a regular fight, the fight that’s going to happen this Sunday, I don’t mess with the fighters for a while. I let them have some time off. Ronda and I will talk soon and see what she wants to do.”
Rousey could find that her game improves a great deal with Mayweather at the helm of her striking offence and defence. With a total of 49 fights under his belt and 26 of those won by TKO, Mayweather has the technical and personal knowledge and experience of how to dispatch his opponents in a striking game - knowledge that Rousey desperately needs if she's going to learn how to strike effectively.