Over the last few months, there’s been recurring discussion about a potential boxing match between undefeated legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. and reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov — primarily from Nurmagomedov’s camp, who have been feverishly campaigning for the matchup.
In the opinion of UFC commentator Joe Rogan, the undefeated lightweight champ Nurmagomedov, who has never boxed before, would be wise to steer clear of Mayweather.
“I think it’s a terrible move for [Khabib] to fight Floyd,” Rogan said on a recent Joe Rogan Experience fight companion podcast (transcript via MMA Fighting). “Floyd is the best boxer, maybe of our era, maybe of all time. He’s undefeated.”
While Joe Rogan does not expect a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Khabib Nurmagomedov to be competitive, he does expect it generate interest and register as a pay-per-view success. In fact, he suspects it would clear the elusive 1 million buy mark.
“I think if Khabib stepped in and tried to fight Floyd right now, right now, if they tried to set it up in two months, I guarantee you it would sell at least a million PPV buys,” said Rogan. “A million. It does a million.
“Here’s the thing, who was Floyd’s – was it [Manny] Pacquiao and then [Andre Berto] and then retired, right? And [Manny] Pacquiao got the giant, most PPV numbers ever, but then [Andre Berto], if I’m correct, only got a few hundred thousand, like 300,000 PPV buys. . .
“So he fights Andre Berto, that only gets like 350,000 or something like that, then he fights Conor and it’s millions of PPVs, if he fought Khabib, it would still be better than fighting any of those other guys.”
Who do you think of this prediction from Joe Rogan? Would a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Khabib Nurmagomedov clear the 1 million buy mark?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 1/27/2019.