Floyd Mayweather may have retired from the fight game in 2017, but despite that fact, he continues to be a man in great demand from the next generation.
The latest person to signal an interest in fighting the unbeaten champion is MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Russian is no average fighter, as he currently holds the longest winning streak in the sport (27) and the lightweight champion is coming off arguably his biggest triumph, a fourth-round submission victory against Conor McGregor in October.
After that victory, Nurmagomedov is arguably the hottest prospect in the sport, and should be able to handpick his next opponent.
It now seems that a switch to boxing could be on his agenda, or at least, a fight against Mayweather in some aspect.
Nurmagomedov has named Mayweather as an opponent he would like before he calls time on his own career.
The comment has certainly raised eyebrows, however, the 30 year-old explained his reasoning.
MMA news reported Nurmagomedov as saying: “Because he’s old now.
"If you talk about like if I’m gonna compete with young lions in boxing, of course it’s gonna be very tough for me.
"Like, even if you talk about Canelo [Alvarez] or [Gennady] Golovkin, these guys are dangerous.
"But Mayweather now is old, 41, 42 years old. You know, but he’s a very big name.
"If we can take a very big fish, why not?"
Mayweather has shown in the last few years that he is not adverse to unique challenges with his legacy already in the books.
After defeating McGregor in his last official boxing bout, 'Money' took on Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year's Eve, destroying the kick-boxing champion in an exhibition event.
Nurmagomedov is waiting to hear back what (if any) sanctions he will face for his part in the post-fight brawl against McGregor.
After that is settled, he can get down to planning his next challenge, although it seemed like he was foreshadowing a retirement might not be far away.
“I don’t know right now but why not maybe [Georges] St. Pierre, [Tony] Ferguson and Mayweather.
"It will be these three guys and we can retire and become the greatest athlete of all time.”
It brings a new meaning to the phrase 'retiring on a high.'
However, combat fighters are renowned for foreshadowing an early retirement, yet they continue on well into the future.
So, it is a case of watch this space and see what transpires.News Now - Sport News