Khabib Nurmagomeov vs Floyd Mayweather has been the hottest talking point in all of combat sports over the last week.
The two fighters have both said that they would fight each other, however, a potential bout is still likely far off despite the claims of Mayweather that the pair will definitely be taking part in a boxing match.
Khabib who is as skilled a mat technician as your likely to come across in the UFC had previously been criticised for his lack of a stand-up game, but he showed in his lightweight title defence over Conor McGregor that he does have power in his hands.
50-0 Floyd Mayweather is, of course, no stranger to the squared circle and defeated Khabib’s foe McGregor in ten rounds over a year ago, but despite “Money” having a clear advantage, former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping believes that the lightweight king could go the distance in the ring with Floyd.
“I swear to god, Khabib would go the distance with Mayweather,” began Bisping,
“He’d go the distance with Mayweather. I’m not saying Khabib is a better boxer than McGregor, he’s not a better striker, he’s not as elusive, he’s not as slick – but he’s got a f–king chin and he’s got cardio for days.
“And Mayweather, at his age, he was never a knockout guy even though he did have some knockouts. He knocked out England’s very own Ricky Hatton in devastating fashion, but I don’t see it.”
Bisping did explain however that despite the pair going the distance, Mayweather would likely “embarrass him and light him up and pick him apart all night long.”
“He couldn’t put McGregor down and that’s what Khabib’s saying — you couldn’t put McGregor down, I put McGregor down — but [Mayweather] put McGregor down through fatigue and that was his game plan.
“McGregor was very, very tired and he started eating shots, and in the end he couldn’t even fight back because he was so exhausted and kind of beat up so the referee stepped in.
“That wouldn’t happen against Khabib and Mayweather would probably embarrass him and light him up and pick him apart all night long, but Khabib would probably go twelve rounds. Conor wasn’t far away from going twelve rounds.”
As intriguing as some might suggest a boxing match between the two would be, it’s still likely very far away with Khabib and his UFC 229 opponent Conor McGregor both currently awaiting their possible punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission following their respective post-fight dust-ups.
The commission is expected to make a decision on October 24th.