Video: Khabib's Manager Says Floyd Mayweather's 'Begging' for Boxing Match

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 05:  Khabib Nurmagomedov looks on during the UFC seasonal press conference at T-Mobile Arena on July 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Getting Conor McGregor into a boxing ring wasn't enough for Floyd Mayweather. Instead, "Money" wants McGregor's fierce UFC rival Khabib Nurmagomedov to step between the ropes. 

Khabib's manager, Ali Abdelaziz,  told TMZ Sports how Mayweather "to this day keeps begging to fight Khabib."

However, Abdelaziz also explained how the idea doesn't appeal at the moment: "I'm telling you, people reaching out to me every week about Floyd to fight Khabib, but at the end of the day, we're not interested...for now."

Rather than trying his hand in a new discipline, Nurmagomedov's concentration remains on facing Dustin Poirier. The two are scheduled to meet in Abu Dhabi on September 7, with Nurmagomedov's lightweight title at stake.

What will follow is a match against either Georges St-Pierre or Tony Ferguson, according to Abdelaziz.

While Nurmagomedov may be focusing on matters in the Octagon, the idea of him facing off with Mayweather will intrigue all fans of combat sports. The latter put a few debates to rest when he met McGregor in Las Vegas back in 2017 and stopped the 'Notorious' after 10 rounds.

Mayweather took his record to 50-0 by stopping McGregor. Testing himself against fighters from different disciplines has since become a habit for the 42-year-old.

He beat Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in Tokyo on New Year's Eve 2018. Mayweather dropped Nasukawa three times in the opening round to prove he still has plenty left in the tank.

Nurmagomedov would be a tougher opponent, but it makes sense for the Russian to keep his focus on the UFC. Still just 30, he's at the peak of his powers after forcing McGregor to tap during a bad-tempered bout at UFC 229 back in 2018 that ended in a brawl that spilled in and out of the octagon and involved both fighters and members of their respective entourages.


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