Here we go again, seems Boxing vs. MMA is taking center stage again.
If you’ve been living under a rock this month, you missed the biggest fight in UFC history at UFC 229 on October 6th. Khabib looked phenomenal against McGregor and secured a dominant fourth-round submission victory. McGregor did a lot of talking pre-fight, but Khabib kept true to his word and did his talking in the ring.
The aftermath of the fight had everyone around the world buzzing. Khabib jumped out of the cage to go after McGregor’s Jiu-Jitsu coach Dillon Danis and a full-scale melee ensued. It ended Khabib having his 2 million dollar fight purse being withheld by the Nevada Athletic Commission and both fighters are being investigated to see if suspensions will be handed down.
Mayweather’s manager Leonard Ellerbe posted a video to Instagram with Khabib at a Russian fight event this past weekend. In the video, Khabib issues the call out and he uses both fighters undefeated records as a comparison. He also makes sure to note how he dropped McGregor in their bout, but Mayweather couldn’t do the same in his fight with McGregor.
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Khabib is turning into quite the self-promoter now.
It isn’t clear what influence Ellerbe had in making Khabib shoot the video, but for him to post it he is clearly on board. Khabib’s stock has shot up after his dominant win over McGregor, and although he still has some potential hurdles to get by with the athletic commision this could be a huge payday.
Well, it didn’t take long for Mayweather to respond and he seems like he is more than willing to fight Khabib. Mayweather has always made it clear this is business and if it makes dollars it makes sense.
“CBS, Showtime and MGM Grand get the checkbook out!” – Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather doesn’t hesitate when he thinks big money can be made.
Mayweather agreed to come out of retirement to fight McGregor, then he went back into retirement and it was announced he would come out again to have another fight with Manny Pacquiao and now it seems he is ready to cash another big check if he ends up fighting Khabib.
The fight with Pacquiao has not been confirmed and this potential fight between Khabib and Mayweather just surfaced so when we will see Mayweather in the ring no one knows. When he fought McGregor it took nearly two years for that fight to materialize. It is how boxing works, just look at how long it took for the fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao to happen.
One thing to note in these exchanges is that it is not mentioned if this is MMA or Boxing they are talking about. You would naturally assume that it would be in Boxing and not MMA as Mayweather doesn’t train in MMA and it would be crazy to take your first MMA fight against an accomplished grappler like Khabib.
What do you think of Khabib calling out Mayweather and Mayweather seeming ready to step in and fight Khabib? Is that something you will be watching or is it something you will pass on?