Floyd Mayweather, the retired boxer, appears to have accepted a challenge laid out by the UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov, who defeated Conor McGregor in a UFC lightweight title match earlier this month, posted a video calling out “Moneyman” stating, “In the jungle, there is only one king.” And Mayweather has already responded.
Nurmagomedov was featured in a video alongside Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, where he discussed the idea of a fight with Mayweather.
The retired boxer, who previously took on UFC’s Conor McGregor, responded to Nurmagomedov’s challenge in a post on Instagram.
In the reply, Mayweather said, “Let’s make Las Vegas great again,” a play on President Donald Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
Mayweather also addressed the major television networks in his response, encouraging them to “get the checkbook out!”
After defeating McGregor last August, Mayweather hung up his gloves, leaving behind a 51-0 record. However, a fight with Nurmagomedov could bring a massive payday and could be enough to entice Mayweather back into the ring.
Nurmagomedov is undefeated in his MMA career, holding a record of 27-0. While he is largely described as a wrestler, in his match against McGregor, Nurmagomedov demonstrated some of his striking skills, showing that he couldn’t be automatically counted out should he face Mayweather.
“Let’s go, Floyd, we have to fight now, 51-0 vs. 27-0, two guys who have never lost,” Nurmagomedov said in the Instagram post. “Because, in the jungle, there is only one king. Of course, I am the king because he cannot drop McGregor but I dropped him easily.”
While neither post is confirmation that the match has been fully arranged, it does indicate that both fighters are potentially interested in the crossover mega-fight.
However, while Mayweather flirts with the notion of making a comeback on Instagram, according to a report by the Daily Mail, it isn’t clear whether he would choose to reenter the ring and potentially put his flawless career on the line.
Additionally, Nurmagomedov would face some hurdles as well, predominately having to overcome any fallout from the brawl after his defeat of McGregor at UFC 229.
If the Nevada State Athletic Commission decides to drop the hammer on Nurmagomedov, he could be handed a lengthy ban. However, that decision has yet to be rendered.