Keeping Combat Sports Alive

By Robert Ecksel on October 18, 2018
Keeping Combat Sports Alive
TMZ Sports spotted Floyd and his bodyguards while he was shopping in Beverly Hills.

Give the people what they want. The customer is always right. But it’s not only about greed, as Floyd kindly clarified…

When he retired from the ring after the giveaway to Andre Berto in 2015 to focus on The Money Team, no one expected Floyd Mayweather to go quietly into that good night. He was going to be a presence, an omnipresence, as a promoter, as an adviser, as an object of envy or derision, as spokesman for the sport that raised his profile and transformed his life.

Mayweather returned in 2017 after two years of inactivity to fight Conor McGregor in the UFC star’s first formal boxing match. It was a fight no one wanted but everyone watched and the fighters’ bank accounts got swollen beyond belief. The event went more or less as planned, with Floyd carrying McGregor until the Irishman gassed and “Money” lowered the boom.

In addition to an ability to hit and not get hit in return, Floyd knows a good thing when he sees it and intends to continue boxing cage fighters, either until the novelty grows stale or folks come to the realization that fighting and theater are different.

Spotting Floyd and his bodyguards while he was shopping in Beverly Hills, TMZ Sports stuck to him like lint on a cheap suit. They breathlessly asked the champ about his plans. He said “he ain’t done with Conor McGregor,” and that “he’ll give the Irishman a rematch in the boxing ring right after he tunes up Khabib Nurmagomdov.”

McGregor and Nurmagomdov fought recently and it caused a riot in the arena. Nurmagomdov makes McGregor look like a wallflower. Selling a fight between Floyd and Nurmagomdov will be a piece of cake.

“McGregor was talking that shit, so it ain’t over,” Floyd said. “After me and Khabib lock up, me and McGregor we gonna lock up again.”

Mayweather is no more interested in challenge than he’s interested in poverty and a fight against Khabib will do “crazy numbers.”

“I’m ready to go out there and get the job done and entertain,” Mayweather said. “‘Cause me and McGregor was real entertaining. I gave people what they wanted to see.”

Give the people what they want. The customer is always right. But it’s not only about greed, as Floyd kindly clarified: “I’m helping keep combat sports alive!”

Follow us on Twitter@boxing_com to continue the discussion

Discuss this in our forums

Related Articles


This is a place to express and/or debate your boxing views. It is not a place to offend anyone. If we feel comments are offensive, the post will be deleted and continuing offenders will be blocked from the site. Please keep it clean and civil! We want to have fun. We want some salty language and good-natured exchanges. But let's keep our punches above the belt...
  1. fan 04:26pm, 10/24/2018

    Instead of contract case, boxing should have a real time supply and demand boxing market.

  2. Pete The Sneak 04:11am, 10/23/2018

    Will be running to pay and go see this the same way I did for the McGregor fight….NOT!!!...Peace.

  3. Koolz 02:50pm, 10/19/2018

    A wrestler against a boxer in a boxing ring..
    I want to see this!  I want to see how long that wrestler lasts.
    These always remind me of K1 and Pride.
    This is all about Khabib showing he can do better against Mayweather which he can’t be still damn need to see it!

  4. AkT 07:44am, 10/19/2018

    It’ll be a mauling one or another. Judges’ score cards aren’t needed in these types of bouts. The farther away from the cage it is, the better.

  5. Kid Blast 04:19pm, 10/18/2018

    Not me Chit

  6. Ho Lee Chit 02:54pm, 10/18/2018

    There will be plenty of idiots lined up and willing to pay to see Floyd outbox another NON-boxer. An all time great boxer, albeit an aging one, still has enough in the tank to beat up a couple of non-boxers.  I have a better shot at hitting the Mega Millions Jackpot than Conor or Khabib have at beating Floyd in a boxing match. MMA is not boxing nor is boxing anything like MMA. Both are “combat sports” and that is one of the few things they have in common. The only way I MIGHT pay to see Floyd “fight” is IF he steps into the cage with either one of these guys. Give the people what they want to see, Floyd.

Leave a comment