Khabib Nurmagomedov insists Logan Paul’s exhibition bout with Floyd Mayweather was nothing more than a money-making exercuse.
The legendary UFC champion slammed the lack of competitiveness in the fight which saw the much bigger Paul last the eight-round distance, with no winner declared.
It is believed that a similar matchup was offered to 29-0 Khabib earlier in the year, after he officially confirmed that he was retired from MMA.
But he opted to stay home, which opened the door for Paul to earn a reported eight-figure payday to take on the boxing superstar.
“What’s there to say?” Nurmagomedov said about the bout when asked recently. “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.”
According to Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz, there was one mega-money offer made for the fighter to come back which may have turned his head.
Speaking on the Hot Boxin’ podcast with Mike Tyson, Abdelaziz said that a nine-figure sum was offered to Nurmagomedov to fight boxing legend Mayweather, who instead took on the YouTube star in Florida.
“Khabib got offered $100 million after he was retired to fight Floyd Mayweather,” Abdelaziz told the legendary former heavyweight champion.
“$100 million… $100 million, and you can ask Floyd, you can ask everybody.
“Khabib said, ‘No, I’m retired. I told my mother I’m retired. I’m going to keep my word to my mother. If my mother told me to fight again, maybe I would, but right now, she told me not to fight’.”
A mega-fight with Mayweather had long been mooted, with the ring legend’s manager Leonard Ellerbe floating the idea after the success of his fight with McGregor, which became the second-highest selling fight of all time.
But at the time, Nurmagomedov was committed to MMA, and had contractual obligations from which UFC boss Dana White wouldn’t release him.
And now it appears that the matchup is completely off the table, with Mayweather confirming that he won’t be competing any more, even in exhibition matches that won’t affect his 50-0 record.
“Will I make a comeback? Absolutely not,” Mayweather told reporters at the Hard Rock Stadium after the bout with Paul.
“I have retired from the sport of boxing. I probably won’t do an exhibition again either.
“If he would have fought more, it wouldn’t have lasted eight rounds. I am just blessed to build a legacy and build a fortune from it.
“I have made some smart investments and everything is paid for. But we did what we had to do tonight.”