Khabib vs Mayweather can happen on one condition, reveals UFC boss
Floyd Mayweather will have to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov in the Octagon or not at all, according to UFC chief Dana White.
The pair have talked up a boxing fight following Nurmagomedov’s win over Conor McGregor earlier this month.
The Russian called out Mayweather who accepted the challenge, claiming he would make another nine figures by coming out of retirement for his 51st fight.
But White, the UFC president, has no interested in allowing his lightweight champion to switch sports.
"If Mayweather wants to fight, come fight, come to the UFC," he told TMZ .
"We’re not boxing again, we did that once, that’s over. You wanna fight, you come fight… a real fight."
White was referring to Mayweather’s win over McGregor last autumn when the Irishman was stopped in the 10th round.
Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor face bans and hefty fines from the Nevada State Athletic Commission following the brawl that followed their fight.
The commission decided to extend the pair’s temporary suspension until their investigation is complete and both men must appear at a meeting scheduled for December 10.
McGregor looks set to miss out on a rematch with Nurmagomedov after White indicated the Russian will face Tony Ferguson next.
"They’ve got to go before the NSAC which is scheduled for December and we’ll see what happens," he said.
"Tony Ferguson is the right fight, he didn’t lose the belt in a fight so it’s the right fight.
"It’s the fight to make, we’ll see how this whole thing plays out, it all depends on the suspension."
Mayweather meanwhile is expected to come out of retirement with a fight against old rival Manny Pacquiao possible for May next year.
Pacquiao also claimed that his nemesis will fight on New Year’s Eve with Tokyo a possible destination for that bout.
The Filipino himself is due to take on Adrien Broner on January 19 assuming he can settle his tax dispute with the US government.
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