The 41-year-old boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, who retired after beating omnipresent Conor McGregor, has agreed to a matchup with Russian mixed martial arts ace Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Oh, we [sic] fighting. I’m my own boss. So, I can’t say what’s going on on Khabib’s end. But, on my end, we can make it happen,” he told TMZ Sports.
Mayweather further said that they wouldn’t take the fight to the octagon but would rather meet in the boxing ring:
“He called me out, so you have to come to my world. I’ve seen in an interview, he said when he hit Conor McGregor, he knocked Conor McGregor down. He said I didn’t knock him down. Ok, Khabib. You got my leftovers. Whoopy-do.”
The boxing star revealed that he expected a nine-figure payday, which, he supposed, would be $100 million more than when he clashed with McGregor.
Social media exploded following Mayweather’s announcement, with many wondering what would happen if Floyd went to “Khabib’s world”:
Mayweather should fight Khabib in a cage. We all know boxing is your sport man @FloydMayweather— Loke (@uralphaa) 18 октября 2018 г.
How about floyd goes to khabib’s world— Ismail Seifeddine 🇩🇿 (@ismailadnan20) 17 октября 2018 г.
Why everyone gotta come to your world? How bout you go to their world for once— Carter Harris🤙 (@Carterharris21) 17 октября 2018 г.
If it’s a boxing match then Khabib won’t last as long as McGregor did. If it’s in the octagon then Floyd dies that night lol— HockeyGuy85 (@WindyCityH0CKEY) 17 октября 2018 г.
Others split into two groups, with some rooting for the undefeated boxing star, Mayweather…
51-0— Joshua Alvarez (@thejoshalvarez) 17 октября 2018 г.
Khabib isn’t nearly athletic as Floyd and sucks at fighting outside MMA. Floyd would come to MMA and beat everyone in his weight and even two classes higher.— 5 All Stars Ⓥ (@Lebron2Warriors) 17 октября 2018 г.
Khabib doesn’t stand a chance against Floyd in a boxing ring 😂— David 🧀 (@uhhhdavid_) 17 октября 2018 г.
Mayweather would bury him 😂😂😂— Nathanuel76 (@Nathanuel76) 18 октября 2018 г.
Floyd mayweather is gonna eat khabib alive inside 4 rounds— Jmas (@masonj_50) 18 октября 2018 г.
…and some cheering for the legendary Russian fighter:
28-0— hadi n (@communityleade4) 17 октября 2018 г.
Mayweather seconds into the fight pic.twitter.com/FbY4Jt5Nb3— Heartbroken Clippers Fan (@Clipppers324) 17 октября 2018 г.
Khabib would kick the shit out of Mayweather!— 👹💀Joe Davola™💀👹 (@JCTheMetalHead) 17 октября 2018 г.
Floyd Mayweather’s comments came a few days after unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov called him out, the challenge having been posted by boxing manager DeJuan Blake via Instagram.
"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 [there is] only one king. Only one king. Of course, I am the king because he cannot drop McGregor, but I drop him easily,” Nurmagomedov said.
Khabib pointed out that he managed to knock McGregor down with an overhand right in the second round of their UFC 229 bout before ultimately forcing the Irishman to tap out in the fourth round; Mayweather, in turn, defeated Conor last year by a 10th-round TKO, however, was unable to drop the Irish fighter.