Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Floyd Mayweather Hits Back at Khabib As Superfight Looks More Probable

Floyd Mayweather Hits Back at Khabib As Superfight Looks More Probable

Russian mixed martial arts fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov thanked Turkey on Monday after graffiti of him defeating Conor McGregor in a fight appeared on the streets of Istanbul.

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In a video posted on Instagram by Mayweather CEO Leonard Ellerbe, Nurmagomedov said: "Let's go Floyd".

"Let's go, Floyd. We have to fight now". We are two guys who never lose.

In an Instagram post on October 14, Nurmagomedov wrote: "Hey, let's go, Floyd". Because in the jungle only one king.

"Of course I am the king".

"Of course I am the king because he can not drop McGregor. Let's fight. Let's go".

'CBS, Showtime and MGM Grand get the checkbook [sic] out, ' he wrote.

Khabib Nurmagomedov top defeated Conor Mc Gregor last weekend
Khabib Nurmagomedov top defeated Conor Mc Gregor last weekend

Mayweather, who has not fought since the McGregor bout, has said he will come out of retirement to fight Manny Pacquiao in a rematch later this year. Can you remember what year he made his debut in the UFC?

It's clear that Nurmagomedov doesn't want a fight in Vegas after the incident, as a potential match-up with Mayweather is being touted.

Mayweather made headlines on September 15 in the early hours before the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch in Las Vegas when he tweeted a video of him meeting up with Manny Pacquiao at a Tokyo music festival.

So it's easy to understand why Mayweather might actually entertain another challenge from a UFC star like Nurmagomedov because on paper the risk is very low but the paycheck could be rather large.

While it's unclear just how serious Nurmagomedov was in the Instagram video, his name is now red-hot for both good and bad reasons.

However, McGregor did the same when facing Nurmagomedov in August 2017 before then returning to the Octagon.

Currently, Nurmagomedov is suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending an investigation into his attack on McGregor's team after UFC 229, and his $2 million purse is also being withheld.

Mayweather is never one to pass up the opportunity to set tongues wagging and the prospect of another cross-over mega-fight certainly does that, however implausible it might be.

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