Floyd 'Money' Mayweather Has Responded To Khabib's Fight Challenge
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Here we go again. The never ending drama in the world of combat sport continues to unravel, as the line between MMA and boxing seems to become increasingly blurred.
Yesterday, Khabib Nurmagomedov challenged Floyd 'Money' Mayweather to a fight in a video on Instagram, because their can be 'only one king' in the jungle - seemingly forgetting that they inhabit different jungles.
But it seems Mayweather is up for it... they call him 'Money' for a reason.
The 50-0 fighter took to social media to have his say, writing: "CBS, Showtime and MGM Grand get the checkbook [sic] out. Go to @leonardellerbe 's page to view Khabib Nurmagomedov challenging me."
Khabib made the call-out to his fellow undefeated fighter when mingling with Ellerbe, who is the CEO of Mayweather Promotions.
He proposed the fight and mentioned the fact that he put Conor McGregor on his arse in their UFC 229 - which Mayweather didn't manage, despite beating him by TKO in the Las Vegas crossover boxing bout in August 2017.
"Hey let's go Floyd, we have to fight now," the UFC Lightweight title champ says in a video doing the rounds.
"50-0 versus 27-0. Two guys, never never like lose. In the jungle, only one king.
"Of course I am the king because he cannot drop McGregor. But I dropped him easily!"
Khabib isn't really known for his striking but he showed he does have a stiff right-hand in his locker by flooring McGregor in the Octagon.
As McGregor found out, the switch to boxing is a whole different ball game but Khabib does genuinely seem up for it. He's wrestled bears, so how hard can it be?
Obviously though, it is yet another ludicrous proposition; you don't see the world table tennis champion challenging Roger Federer to a game of tennis to determine who is one and only king of tennis. Why? Because they are different sports.
Still, what have they got to lose? If it does happen they'll both come away smiling with pockets full of cash. Khabib will be expected to lose and any damage Mayweather can inflict won't come near what he's used to in the octagon.
Undoubtedly, there will be many people out there who would rather see Mayweather try his hand at MMA. However, this seems extremely unlikely, as it would be an even more dangerous mismatch.
The challenge comes a week after Nurmagomedov successfully defeated McGregor for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 229, a victory that ended in controversy.
Just moments after his win, Nurmagomedov jumped the cage to attack McGregor's coach, Dillion Danis. Seconds later, three people from Nurmagomedov's team were then arrested after attacking his opponent. McGregor decided against pressing charges, partly because of his involvement in the incident.