Floyd Mayweather has opened up the possibility of coming out of retirement to fight the UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in a crossover superfight. Because in the jungle only one king, only one king.
Whether it be inside the Octagon or elsewhere, it certainly seems like Khabib is planning for the future, with the man himself hinting at the idea of a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. "Khabib will go close up in the clinch", Nurmagomedov Sr told TASS.
The Russian MMA star's father and trainer, Abdulmanap, has now added to the back-and-forth - and believes his son would stand a better chance of beating Mayweather than McGregor did when he lost via 10th-round stoppage to the U.S. fighter in their money-spinning bout in Vegas.
Then Monday, Mayweather responded by writing on Instagram, "CBS, Showtime and MGM Grand get the checkbook out!".
"50 and 0 verses 27 and 0, two guys that never lose". Let's go. Why not?
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Mayweather, who has not fought since he defeated McGregor to move to 50-0 as a professional has been critical of Nurmagomedov's role in the riot that followed his win over the Irishman.
That extended Nurmagomedov's unbeaten mixed martial arts record to 27-0. Of course, I am the king because he can not drop McGregor but I drop him easily.
"McGregor is a tough competitor but McGregor's opponent jumped out of the ring and was fighting people in the crowd so, very unprofessional".
A number of Nurmagomedov's team also entered the Octagon and threw punches at McGregor.
Mayweather's fight against McGregor, meanwhile, was one of the most purchased pay-per-views in boxing history, suggesting that a fight against Nurmagomedov could do big business.
"LET'S MAKE LAS VEGAS GREAT AGAIN", he wrote.