Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov says “there was no competitive aspect” to Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul, but won’t criticize them for making money

Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov says “there was no competitive aspect” to Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul, but he won’t criticize them for making money.

Mayweather and Paul met in an exhibition boxing match earlier this month. Though Mayweather entered the fight as a massive favorite to get his hand raised, the two fighters went the full eight rounds in what was mostly a sparring match, and they fought to a draw. Though you have to give Paul a lot of credit for being super tough and going the distance, it seemed as though Mayweather carried Paul at times, and some fans were not happy with the way the fight played out. If you ask Nurmagomedov, though, it’s exactly what he expected to happen between those two when they fought.

Speaking to reporters in Russia, Nurmagomedov painted the Mayweather vs. Paul matchup as a “purely business” arrangement and said he had no problems with them making good money for the fight.

“What’s there to say? They came out, made money. It’s purely business. There was no competitive aspect to it. Old Mayweather came out, they sparred and made money. What else is there to say? How do I feel about it? The guys decided to make money. Should I tell them to not make money, and not to fight? They came out, put on a show, and earned what, tens of millions,” Nurmagomedov said

Asked if he would have any interest in doing a money fight, “The Eagle” said not just yet. At this time, he has no interest in competing at all, and he’s not at the point yet where he needs to take part in a money fight.

“I have no interest in doing something like that yet,” Nurmagomedov said.

Do you feel the same way that Khabib Nurmagomedov does about the Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul fight earlier this month?

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