Former world champion and undefeated Floyd Mayweather will be donning the gloves anew as he revealed that a boxing match with UFC lightweight champion and also undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to happen.
The 41-year old boxer told TMZ Sports on Wednesday that the potential match-up will come to fruition. While Mayweather did not provide further details, he confirmed that the fight would take place inside the ring, not in the cage.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has called out Floyd Mayweather in the hope he can do what Conor McGregor failed to do, saying "in the jungle there is only one king".
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) October 14, 2018
‘Only One King’
Days after a sizzling victory over Conor McGregor at the UFC 229 main event, the Russian champ called out Mayweather to a fight to settle ‘who is the real king of the jungle.’
“Let’s go, Floyd. We have to fight now. 50-0 vs 27-0, two guys who never lose, why not?Because in the jungle there is only one king. Only one king. Of course, I am the king because he could not drop McGregor and I dropped him easily. Let’s go.”
Khabib extended his winning streak to 27 fights, following a nasty fourth-round submission of the Irish star in a bout dubbed as the biggest fight in UFC history. Meanwhile, Mayweather has never tasted a single defeat in his illustrious boxing career, with his last win coming from the same victim in McGregor.
In an interesting development, ‘Money’ has accepted the challenge from Khabib, but it was still not clear if it is on boxing or MMA.
Mayweather took to Instagram to confirm that he is not letting this opportunity slip his hands. He posted:
Recently, the Filipino champ Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao loomed as the biggest name to welcome Mayweather back in the ring. However, their rematch may be left hanging in the balance as ‘Money’ himself revealed that the Nurmagomedov bout is happening.
“We’re fighting,” he told TMZ when asked about the rumoured fight with the lightweight champion.
“I’m my own boss. I can’t say what’s going on on Khabib’s end, but on my end, we can make it happen.”
To put an end to the discussions on whether the fight will be boxing or MMA, Mayweather said Nurmagomedov has to challenge him in the ring.
“Who’s the ‘A-side?’ He called me out so you have to come to my world. I seen in an interview, he said when he hit Conor McGregor, he knocked Conor McGregor down. He said I didn’t knock Conor McGregor down. OK, Khabib. You got my leftovers. Whoop-dee-do.”
And just like his money fight with McGregor, Mayweather is confident that this fight will be a big cash cow for him.
“When I face Khabib, I’m getting a nine-figure payday.Yes, more than the McGregor fight. Probably $100m more, guaranteed. It could be somewhere upwards of $110m to $200m guaranteed.”
Watch the full interview in the video below:
Khabib is known for his great grappling skills while boxing is not much on his arsenal. It is going to be interesting how he will fare against one of the best boxers to set foot in the ring.
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