Floyd Mayweather vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov:
Will it Happen?


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   Khabib, left, and Mayweather are plotting another lucrative UFC vs. boxing showdown.

 

By MARK ENGLAND


What’s next for UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedon? Other than a court appearance on December 10th and the inevitable showdown with Tony Ferguson,
it could be a dancing date with boxing legend, Floyd Mayweather.

Odds have already been released even though the fight is not yet official. Khabib Nurmagomedov has been listed as a +900 underdog, with Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather a huge favorite of -2200 at top betting sites.
Road to the ‘Money’
It’s likely that if this fight happened, it would be the biggest payday that Nurmagomedov has ever seen. But there are a few hurdles on the road to fight Floyd for record-breaking Pay-Per-View ratings and a pile of cash.

Khabib’s antics after the Conor McGregor fight landed him in hot water with the Nevada Athletic Commission. He has finally received half of his $2 million purse, but the other half is being held until his December 10th hearing where fines and a likely suspension will be dolled out. The presents the first problem in two parts. First, Floyd wants to fight in Las Vegas, but Khabib is leary of not getting paid, So he wants to fight in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Second, that depending on the punishment that is given, it may be impossible for Khabib to even fight in the US, let alone Vegas. And one has to wonder if Mayweather would risk the possible bias involved with fighting in a place like Russia.

There is another factor to consider as well. Khabib’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, stated recently that ‘it wouldn’t be a real fight.’ He said that he is talking to ‘everyone’ about putting on the fight, but at the end of the day they have a contract with the UFC and will honor that contract.

So, is he saying that it is up to Dana White? But what if there is a lengthy suspension in the works and Nurmagomedov can’t fight in the UFC for a while? Would White permit Khabib to fight Mayweather on foreign soil whilst waiting for the suspension to clear. At some point Khabib is going to have to face Tony Ferguson. However, he won’t be able to until his UFC fate is decided at the hearing on Dec. 10th.

Regarding Abdelaziz’s statement that Mayweather wouldn’t be a real fight, that is only true if it gets scripted and staged. Just because it isn’t MMA does not mean it isn’t a real fight. While to many the McGregor-Mayweather bout seemed like Floyd was holding back the entire time, and the fact that the ref never took a single point away from Conor for punching from behind and various other boxings no-nos, Khabib and Floyd could come to the agreement that this is not going to be a boxing exhibition, but a real fight where one fighter is going to legitimately lose.

If that were the case, then it would, in fact, be a “real” fight and it would be worth watching. And it could break records. Abdelaziz brought up a great point, basically saying that Mayweather has a huge fan-base and is a marketing machine, and Nurmagomedov a devout Sunni Muslim has millions upon millions of Muslims that back him. It would be two worlds colliding on an epic scale.

There are a few things looming that complicate the two camps coming to an official deal. But let’s hope that it all works out so we can Khabib try his hand at Boxing … against one of the greatest the world has ever seen.