Just when we thought that the MMA/boxing crossover talk was over, Khabib Nurmagomedov reignited the spark.
It was always a distinct possibility if Conor McGregor was to prevail at UFC 229, with the Irishman often airing his interest in a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.
But Khabib’s win has given the Dagestani confidence that he can go with the 50-0 boxing legend in the squared circle. Both men have gone back-and-forth on a potential boxing match, and ‘Canelo’ Alvarez had his say on the prospect of another high-profile crossover bout.
“He wants to continue hurting boxing by making fights that don’t make sense, and not giving boxing the credibility it deserves,” Alvarez told TMZ Sports. “If he wants to return, I ask him to look my way to give a great fight to the fans […] Let’s do the second fight. It’s very important. We have something pending there, so let’s make the second fight.”
Canelo lost to Mayweather in 2013, and Floyd was particularly unhappy with the comments, taking to Instagram to skewer the Mexican champion. In it, he made reference to Canelo’s failed drug test and even suggested that debutant McGregor offered more of a challenge in their 2017 fight.
#TBT It didn’t matter if Canelo ate his PED steak or not this night, this was by far the easiest fight of my career! Connor McQuitter was a way better fighter than Canelo’s cheating ass and I beat the brakes off him too! It takes me 36 mins or less to make $300 million plus. It literally takes me 1 night and 1 fight to make what you might make in 5 years and 11 fights! So really, who’s still winning? You do the math!
Boxing legend-turned-promoter Oscar De La Hoya must have also irked ‘Money’, with another post aimed at the ‘Golden Boy’.
#TBT 11yrs ago,I fought her and her name is Oscar “Golden Girl” Dela Hoya. Please leave the most disrespectful caption you can think of.
Alvarez is due to fight Britain’s Rocky Fielding on December 15 at Madison Square Garden.