Floyd Mayweather is open to stepping into the boxing ring with another MMA fighter. In recent weeks “Money” has been involved in speculative talks regarding a potential boxing match with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The undefeated Russian shot up in fame after dominating Conor McGregor at UFC 229 last week.
He forced the Irishman to tap out in the fourth round for his second defeat in the UFC. Soon after, Khabib called out Mayweather for a potential fight. Mayweather is down to throw hands with “The Eagle,” but as he tells TMZ Sports in a recent interview, it would have to be under boxing rules – because “Money” is the A-side:
“They came to me talking about the Khabib fight,” Mayweather said. “Khabib called me out, I didn’t call Khabib out. They said it has to happen in the octagon and I said, ‘You just tell me where Khabib has made nine figures before in the octagon.
“If he hasn’t made nine figures, he’s not the A side. I’m the A side, so if you guys want the fight to happen, you must come my way. My way, my rules. Has to [be boxing]. My way, my rules. I’m Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.
“Even if it don’t happen, I’m comfortable. I’ve got a great life. Houses all over L.A. I’m retired and I’m still living a great life.”
Last year, Mayweather and McGregor put on a spectacle of an event, fighting each other inside the boxing ring for 10 rounds. “Money” emerged victorious in the 10th round via TKO, allowing McGregor to exhaust himself before pouring on the offense. With the victory, Mayweather’s undefeated boxing record extended to 50-0. It will be interesting to see if the UFC allows Khabib to box Mayweather as well.
H/T MMA Fighting for the transcriptions