Floyd Mayweather says he’s ready to take up the challenge by Khabib Nurmagomedov as the hope to face each other in the ring.
UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov has hinted he could follow in Conor McGregor’s footsteps and attempt boxing, with Mayweather.
Dana White says he wants to see the fight happen in a mixed martial arts arena.
“Listen, if Mayweather wants to fight, come and fight. You fight in the UFC,” White told TMZ.
“We’re not boxing again. We did that once, that’s over. You want to fight? You come fight – a real fight.”
Nurmagomedov and Mayweather’s exchange began with the Russian calling out the former five-
weight world champion after defeating McGregor on the Irishman’s return to UFC earlier this month.
Floyd Mayweather extended his perfect career record to 50 fights unbeaten by stopping Conor McGregor in the 10th round of one of the richest bouts in boxing history.
The former five-weight world champion faced flurries of early punches from UFC’s most iconic figure, who was making his debut in professional boxing at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
Floyd Mayweather, McGregor bout
McGregor delivered a crisp uppercut in round one and, though he edged close to breaking the rules.
He threw several punches to the back of the head, he imposed himself admirably without ever looking as though he would knock out Mayweather.
Mayweather said: “He was a lot better than I thought. But I was the better man.
I guaranteed everybody this would not go the distance. Boxing’s reputation was on the line.”
The boxer told Nurmagomedov to “come into my world”, with the 30-year-old responding by saying he was keen for the bout to happen in Moscow.
Nurmagomedov is currently serving a ban issued by the Nevada State Athletic Commission as it investigates the brawl that followed his world title win over McGregor.
And UFC president White says he should face American lightweight Tony Ferguson on his return.
“Tony Ferguson is the right fight,” he added. “It’s the fight to make.
It obviously depends on the suspension and what happens – we’ll see.”