Khabib Nurmagomedov is still riding high on his UFC 229 victory over Conor McGregor. However, he already appears focused on the future and recently called out undefeated and recently unretired boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Nurmagomedov did this while standing ringside with Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. With his arm around Ellerbe, Khabib challenged Mayweather to a fight.
“Hey, let’s go, Floyd. We have to fight now. 50-0 vs. 27-0. Two guys never lose. Let’s go. Why not?
“Because in the jungle, only one king. Only one king. Of course, I am the king because he cannot drop McGregor but I drop him easily. Let’s go!”
Khabib says it all, because both athletes are undefeated in their respective sports. This alone would make a fight between the two a historic occasion.
Is there Any Possibility of Nurmagomedov vs. Mayweather?
Namely, Khabib is suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission after his post-match brawl with McGregor’s team at UFC 229. The UFC is also holding his $2 million purse, which caused Nurmagomedov to threaten to break his contract with the world’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion.
It’s unclear whether Khabib would actually leave the organization that’s helped make him a star. However, he might do so when considering the type of money he can earn from boxing against Mayweather.
What would Sell a Khabib vs. Mayweather Fight?
Khabib makes a very interesting opponent for Mayweather for a few reasons. First off, Nurmagomedov would become the second MMA fighter besides McGregor to cross over into boxing in order to face “Money.”
Secondly, Khabib is the first fighter to ever knock down McGregor with a punch in competition. Even Mayweather – who has far more boxing experience than Nurmagomedov – failed to put Mcgregor on the canvas.
Building fights is all about hype. And the fact that Khabib was able to knock down McGregor with a stiff right hand while Mayweather couldn’t would make for some interesting pre-fight theatrics.
Finally, the simple fact that Money is interested in this matchup sells the deal. Mayweather said that he would be willing to face Khabib for the right price.
Ramifications of a Bout between Money and Khabib
After all, Khabib hasn’t generated quite the same publicity throughout his career as McGregor. But it would definitely be another giant fighting event.
However, it’s worth keeping in mind that Mayweather came out of retirement in order to face Manny Pacquiao at some point in 2019. Therefore, he needs to dispatch Pacquiao – something he did in 2015 – in order to keep the bout with Khabib attractive.
It’s definitely conceivable that he can once again beat Pacquiao and keep his perfect 50-0 record untarnished. That would set up another big payday with Khabib if everything falls into place.