They said it would never happen between Mayweather and his fiftieth opponent Conor McGregor and yet, in August of 2017, the world tuned in to make "The Money Fight" the second highest-selling pay-per-view of all-time.
When asked whether the fight would be a boxing or mixed martial arts contest, Mayweather answered directly.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Floyd Mayweather Jr.is looking to go to battle with a top UFC fighter in the boxing ring. He knocked out England's very own Ricky Hatton in devastating fashion but I don't see it. Mayweather then added, "We can make it happen".
"When I face Khabib, of course I am getting a nine-figure payday", he said.
"Yes, it's more than the McGregor fight. Probably $100m more - I'm going to say between $110m and $200m (more) guaranteed". "I'm gonna say somewhere between $110-$200 million guaranteed".
Rumors have been swirling about a match between Mayweather and current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for a little while now, but some recent boasting by Mayweather has helped ramp things up to a fever pitch. Although the chances of this fight actually happening are slim, people thought the same thing when McGregor was trying to make a fight happen with Mayweather a year ago.
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As for what the future holds for Nurmagomedov, White says nothing has been decided yet but he did shoot down a rumor that started floating around on Tuesday that an offer had already been made for $15 million for a rematch against McGregor.
"He wants to continue hurting boxing by making fights that don't make sense. and not giving boxing the credibility it deserves", Canelo tells TMZ Sports.
Mayweather said: "Vegas is the fighting capital and after the fight you have to conduct yourself like a true professional, not just in the ring, but outside the ring also". Only one king. Of course, I am the king because he can not drop McGregor but I drop him easily. This time it's Khabib Nurmagomedov who has Mayweather's attention.
Whether Khabib could convince his bosses at the UFC to allow him to compete - would be another question entirely. I love Khabib man but he is going to get beat up by Mayweather.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is going nowhere but back to the Octagon.