Since Nurmagomedov’s career-defining victory over archrival Conor McGregor in October 2018, Khabib and Mayweather have frequently hinted towards a boxing showdown. Furthermore, Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz, reportedly claimed that Nurmagomedov had received a substantial offer to face Mayweather.
Nurmagomedov said, “The enticement is always there. There were such discussions with Saudi Arabia. They wanted me to fight there. I don’t know about $100 million. That wasn’t the exact sum, but about that…”
However, Nurmagomedov later revealed that $100 million wasn’t the precise number promised.
Khabib Nurmagomedov was offered $100 million to fight Floyd Mayweather
Abdelaziz discussed the Mayweather vs. Nurmagomedov fight on the Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast with combat sports legend and former undisputed heavyweight champion pugilist Mike Tyson.
The fight was supposed to be a boxing contest. It’s unknown whether the aforementioned boxing contest was a professional or exhibition contest. The opinion in the boxing world is that Mayweather will not engage in a professional boxing contest again.
Given this, the offer made to Nurmagomedov was most likely an exhibition boxing battle against Mayweather.
In an interview with Mike Tyson, Abdelaziz stated, “Khabib got offered $100 million after he was retired to fight Floyd Mayweather. $100 million. You can ask Floyd, you can ask everybody, and Khabib said ‘no, I’m retired, I told my mother I’m retired, I’m gonna keep my word to my mother. If my mother told me to fight again maybe I will but right now, she told me not to fight’.
“He comes from a Muslim culture, we respect our mothers very dearly, we can’t go to heaven without our mother’s permission.”
Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from mixed martial arts in October 2020. After his retirement, he stated that he would not fight in any professional combat sports competition again.
“Meanwhile, Mayweather, who retired from professional boxing in August 2017, will compete in an exhibition boxing battle on June 6th, 2021, against YouTube megastar Logan Paul.