Mayweather Challenges Khabib To 'Come Into My World', Predicting Huge Pay Day
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It's just over 10 days since Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor with a submission in the fourth round at UFC 229 to extend his undefeated record to 27-0... and I think we all know now about the drama that unfolded shortly after the 'Notorious' Irishman tapped.
But a lot has happened outside of the octagon in the short time since.
What seemed to start out as a semi-joking social media exchange appears to be snowballing, with Floyd 'Money' Mayweather inviting Khabib Nurmagomedov to 'come into my world'. The 41-year-old undefeated boxing legend looks as though he is keen to climb back in the ring, even predicting he could earn 'probably $100m more' than he did when he fought McGregor.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, he said: "Oh, we fighting. He called me out. So, he gotta come to my world.
"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.
"When I face Khabib I'm getting a nine-figure payday. It's more than the McGregor fight. Probably $100m more, guaranteed.
"I'm going to say somewhere between $110m and $200m guaranteed."
Certainly, if such money were on the table, it would seem unlikely Mayweather could turn it down. Firstly, Khabib is hardly known for his striking and is a far more accomplished grappler, as he demonstrated against McGregor, making Mayweather a huge favourite. Secondly, they don't call him 'Money' for no reason and 'between $110m and $200m' is a lot of money - even for him.
Last year, Mayweather came out of retirement to face Khabib's recent opponent, McGregor, who despite impressing in the bout, was ultimately defeated by a tenth round TKO.
At the weekend, a video of Khabib challenging McGregor to a fight was shared online. In the video, Khabib said: "Let's go Floyd we have to fight now - 50-0 vs 27-0 - two guys who 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 could not drop McGregor and I dropped him easily. Let's go."
Mayweather subsequentlyresponded in a post on Instagram, encouraging CBS, Showtime and the MGM Grand to 'get the checkbook out!'
In case you somehow weren't aware, the proposed fight follows hot on the heels of controversy, after Khabib jumped out of the octagon after beating McGregor, attacking his 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.