This morning in Tokyo, Japan, Floyd Mayweather authored a lopsided destruction of kickboxing whiz Tenshin Nasukawa in a boxing exhibition bout (watch here). From the sounds of it, there could be another interesting crossover fight in the boxing legend’s future.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz claimed that Floyd Mayweather has been “begging” to fight his star client Khabib Nurmagomedov in their recent text exchanges.
“Me and him have been texting each other for the last month and if he says he did not, I’m gonna put everything on line. Do not lie, Floyd,” said Abdelaziz (transcript via MMA Fighting). “He’s very much begging for the fight. I told him, I said he’s 57 years old, his body’s weak, he’s fragile, he’s got a small head. People think I’m crazy but I think Khabib would beat his ass. He thinks Khabib is easy money but Khabib is much younger, much stronger, more tougher than Conor, a guy that went to the eleventh round with him. And Conor gave up, he’s a quitter. Khabib is no quitter.”
Ali Abdelaziz then unleashed a tirade discrediting the fighting ability of Floyd Mayweather.
“Listen, Floyd Mayweather is not a fighter, he’s an athlete,” he said. “[In] the UFC, you have to be a full blown fighter. If we catch Floyd Mayweather on the streets, we’ll beat his ass because he can’t defend himself. He’s an athlete. He doesn’t have enough balls to fight in a real fight. Khabib will fight you in an elevator, phone booth, [he’ll] fight you anywhere. Floyd Mayweather only can fight you in a boxing ring. He’s gonna call himself a fighter, okay, but he don’t have the balls to go to the UFC so we will fight him in a boxing fight and beat his ass, no problem.”
“At the end of the day, if he wants it, the fight is here,” Abdelaziz concluded. “We like this fight, but he has to come a little bit better with it. He knows what I’m talking about.”
Do you think we’ll see Khabib Nurmagomedov fight Floyd Mayweather in the New Year?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 12/31/2018.