Floyd Mayweather thrown down the gauntlet to Khabib Nurmagomedov, making a stunning $280 million claim about their potential fight.
Mayweather has challenged UFC star Khabib to step into the boxing ring for a mega-fight he says could be worth $US200 million (roughly $AU280 million).
Unbeaten boxing champion Mayweather says his purse for the fight could be double what he earned from a similar showdown with Conor McGregor in 2017.
Nurmagomedov beat McGregor in mixed martial arts in Las Vegas last weekend before calling out Mayweather, who says the fight must take place in the Nevada city.
“Oh, we fighting. He called me out. So, he gotta come to my world,” Mayweather, 41, told TMZ Sports.
“I’m my own boss. So, I can’t say what’s going on on Khabib’s end. But, on my end, we can make it happen.
“When I face Khabib I’m getting a nine-figure payday. It’s more than the McGregor fight. “I’m going to say somewhere between 110 million and 200 million US dollars guaranteed.”
Will it actually happen?
Nurmagomedov extended his perfect professional mixed martial arts record to 27-0 and retained his UFC lightweight title with a stunning fourth-round submission victory over McGregor in a fight which ended in controversy and a mass brawl.
McGregor made a brief foray into boxing last year to take on Mayweather, who moved to 50-0 in the paid ranks by stopping the Irishman in the 10th round of their highly lucrative showdown.
Former multi-weight champion Mayweather was unable to knock McGregor down, which Nurmagomedov did over the course of the October 6 bout at the T-Mobile Arena before forcing his bitter rival to tap out.
Nurmagomedov told Mayweather “in the jungle there is only one king” in requesting a bout.
And Mayweather’s response warned Nurmagomedov to behave on fight night, with the Russian’s purse from the McGregor fight withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after he leapt over the cage and attacked a member of McGregor’s team.
Mayweather said: “Vegas is the fighting capital and after the fight you have to conduct yourself like a true professional, not just in the ring, but outside the ring also.”