Rumors are continuing to circle that unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr will be returning to the ring later this year. Matchbook amongst other firms have been offering prices on who he could face off against, with Khabib one of the most likely opponents. This is not a surprise with UFC president Dana White confirming he is working with Floyd Mayweather for his return. This is a very exciting potential matchup with two of the greatest combat fighters in history.
Khabib has quickly established himself into one of the biggest names in combat sports, following his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229. This was an event that drew 2.4 million buys and a gate of over $17 million. This gives an indication of just how big a draw the Russian is and it would be a similar scenario were he to face off against Floyd Mayweather.
The 31-year-old Russian now has a professional record of 28 wins without defeat. This is why he is widely regarded as the greatest lightweight in history and sits amongst the top pound for pound fighters in history. He is coming off the back of recent victories over the likes of Al Iaquinta, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. Khabib is now also set to headline UFC 249 and will defend his belt against Tony Ferguson, which is one of the most anticipated clashes in UFC history.
Ferguson also brings in a formidable record of 25 wins and just three loses, that includes him winning his last 12 bouts in succession. This sets up for a fascinating rematch and if Khabib is victorious, would further add to his claim to be the greatest ever.
If he were to face off against Mayweather, then it would most likely be a boxing clash, which means Mayweather would start as the overwhelming favorite. However, Khabib’s father has recently said it could take place under one condition. This being that one of the expected 12 rounds would be under MMA rules. This would be a very intriguing spin on the fight but unlikely to get passed through by the Mayweather team.
Mayweather now has a professional boxing record of 50 wins undefeated that includes the 2017 win over Conor McGregor. At 42-years of age, he is clearly passed his prime but is still one of the biggest names in sport. It all sets up for a fascinating year ahead as anticipating continues to build ahead of Mayweather’s return.