Hey, remember when Conor McGregor finally returned to mixed martial arts (MMA) and we all breathed a sigh of relief and thought, “Thank god, no more ‘Mayweather vs. McGregor’ posts for the foreseeable future.”
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The reigning UFC lightweight champion is picking up right where “Notorious” left off in the wake of their eventful UFC 229 main event. Not content to simply rule the promotion’s 155-pound division, “The Eagle” must now prove he’s the king of the proverbial jungle.
And what better way to prove that than by challenging a 41 year-old retired boxer?
That said, it sounds like the MMA-savvy Mayweather is game, assuming the folks who pay his bills are willing to cough up the necessary coin.
“CBS, Showtime and MGM Grand get the checkbook out!” Mayweather wrote on social media. “Let’s make Las Vegas great again.”
The idea of Nurmagomedov boxing Mayweather is about as silly as the idea of Mayweather grappling with Nurmagomedov. But this is prize fighting and if the prize is big enough, there are no matches that promoters can't (or won’t) make, which explains all those recent callouts.
And recent walkouts.