The undefeated boxing champion, who has held titles in five weight classes, Floyd Mayweather, has once again confirmed that he is ready to fight Russian mixed martial arts lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov — if the bout is conducted according to boxing rules.
In an interview with TMZ Sports on November 16, Mayweather said that despite the fact that it was Khabib who called him out, it was up to the boxer to decide where and how the fight would take place. He noted that out of the two athletes, he was the one to "make nine figures" and hence he was an "A side" and would be choosing the rules and location of the match.
"If your guy wants the fight to happen, it must come my way. My way, my rules," the boxing champion said.
Later, Dana White, the head of UFC promotion, which listed Khabib, responded to Mayweather's statement in an interview with TMZ Sports by saying that if he wants to make $150 million, he has to come to the UFC. White noted that the crossover fight between UFC fighter Conor McGregor and Mayweather was organized according to boxing rules as he desired. The UFC head added that "[Mayweather's] gotta come [to the UFC] this time" if he wants the fight to happen.
Conditions for the bout with Khabib that the boxing champion has laid down have annoyed netizens, as they are pointing out that Mayweather is only picking fights that he knows he can win.
You have to remember Mayweather has only ever taken fights where a win is a sure thing— Crustacean Nation (@wheredidjonahgo) November 17, 2018
Some even suggested that he fears that he would lose an octagon fight.
Floyd is so rattled by mma fighters who he knows would destroy him— . (@rtw579) November 16, 2018
Others mocked Mayweather, calling him the greatest negotiator in sports for his ability to settle big pay-offs and gain the comfortable conditions for himself.
Mayweather should go down as the greatest rule setter to favour him in his boxing matches OF ALL TIME.— All4One (@AIatItsFinest) November 16, 2018
Still, many Twitterians stood up for Mayweather, noting that he made a rational decision by demanding boxing rules, as he has always trained as a boxer.
Common sense makes him a pussy? Stfu already the man is undefeated and cemented as one of if not the greatest of all time. Learn some respect and leave your infantile comments at home. Attempt to think logically— TripHdad97 (@TripHdad97) November 16, 2018
He’s not stupid, nobody would pay for a fight with them in the octagon Floyd would get kilt— Adam Carter (@AdamCarter007) November 17, 2018
One user noted that because Khabib called out Mayweather, he should be the one to have to adapt to the rules.
That’s how it’s works. When you call a boxer out, you must want to box. Otherwise don’t call a boxer out.— Nate Coles (@EJK1Boxing) November 16, 2018
Several Twitter users blasted the renowned boxer for allegedly caring only about money and not the sport itself.
No longer able to generate the numbers in boxing so has to hope for a freak show.— Masters 1982 (@1982Masters) November 16, 2018
Why people even giving him the time? Is anybody else offended by him disrespecting the sport of mma,trying to make a quick dollar. I love this sport,someone like him exploiting it is ridiculous.— Joe Sandoval (@Joe_sandoval138) November 16, 2018