Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has claimed that undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has been contacting him consistently in an attempt to set up a bout with the Russian MMA star.
“Me and him have been texting each other for the last month. He’s very much begging for the fight,” Abdelaziz told TMZ Sports.
“If he say he did not, I’m going to put everything online.
“Don’t lie Floyd! Do not lie Floyd!”
If a fight does occur, it will almost certainly be under boxing rules, as was Mayweather’s last fight with an MMA fighter, who on that occasion was Conor McGregor, which extended his fighting record to 50 fights and 50 wins.
With Mayweather apparently so keen for the fight, some fans have questioned why nothing has already been decided between the pair.
However, Abdelaziz has addressed this, seeming to suggest that ‘Money’ Mayweather isn’t living up to his nickname.
“At the end of the day, if he want it, the fight is here. I like this fight. But, he has to come a little better. He knows what I’m talking about.”
A potential bout between Mayweather and Khabib would no doubt stir up some attention, with both fighters undefeated in their respective sports.
Khabib recently dominated McGregor back in August, forcing the Irishman into submission, and simultaneously capturing the lightweight title.
The Russian has earned a reputation for being a submission master, and while he did demonstrate some good boxing skill in the contest against McGregor, he would still be starting at a disadvantage in a fight that consisted purely of boxing.
However, Abdelaziz is still confident in his client.
“I think Khabib will beat his ass,” Abdelaziz confidently predicted.
With 2018 coming to an end, all eyes will turn to 2019, and who knows, maybe next year we could actually see Khabib vs Mayweather.