Khabib Nurmagomedov turned down £100million Floyd Mayweather fight to honour promise to his mother, says manager Ali Abdelaziz
Khabib Nurmagomedov rejected a £70million offer to fight Floyd Mayweather in order to keep a promise to his mother, according to his manager.
The former UFC lightweight world champion retired from competing in the aftermath of his win against Justin Gaethje on Fight Island in October.
It was the first fight for Khabib since the tragic passing of his father, Abdulmanap, and he vowed to his mother he would not compete without the man who helped forged the fighting machine fans grew to love.
Despite Dana White’s best attempts, ‘The Eagle’ stuck with his decision to never fight again and duly missed out on a seriously big pay day.
Ali Abdelaziz of Dominance MMA represented Khabib throughout his career and revealed Mayweather Jr tried to organise a fight with the 29-0 MMA superstar.
During an appearance on the Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast, Abdelaziz said: “Two weeks ago, (or) 10 days ago, Dana White called me.
“He said, ‘Georges St-Pierre, he said he’ll fight Khabib in a non-title fight at 165 pounds.’
“In a way, we’ve been waiting for Georges. I like Georges. He’s my friend. I like Georges.
“We’ve been waiting for Georges for four or five years. ‘I’m coming. I’m not coming.’
“Now, [he] said, ‘Hey, Khabib is retired. I’m retired. What about coming back and fighting Khabib now?’
“But you know, Khabib got offered $100 million after he was retired to fight Floyd Mayweather.
“$US100 million. $US100 million. 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 will. But right now, she told me not to fight.”
In March, Khabib told ESPN: ““It’s very hard when you have power, when you’re the best in the world, when you’re famous, have money and say to everything like this, ‘No.’
“It’s very hard. People maybe will never understand me, but I really hope they’re going to support my decision because everyone has their views.
“My view and my relationship with my mother, I feel like I have to stop because I feel like in every fight, every training camp, this takes some age away from my mother.
“And it’s like what do I have to do? I came to this sport to show who I am and became the best, I’m world champion, and pound-for-pound No. 1. I defended my title three times.
“ I defended my title in biggest fight of UFC history. What else? Only money-fights, but I don’t need money.”