Boxing News at Five: Khabib is offered £78 million to box Mayweather in Saudi Arabia, Brook volunteers to fight Crawford next

IN a lot of ways it makes complete sense for a boxing match like Floyd Mayweather vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – read: a boxing match between a boxer and a mixed martial artist – to end up taking place in Saudi Arabia.

Chances are, there, in a land where money rules, Maywweather vs. Nurmagomedov would seem less out of place, less of a freak show, and presumably be viewed more as a masterstroke of opportunism than a cynical attempt to exploit the ignorance of millions of casual sports fans. Not only that, both men would become richer than God in the process.

In fact, according to The Sun, Nurmagomedov has already received an offer of £78 million to fight Mayweather in Saudi Arabia, with the oil-rich country apparently eager to keep splashing the cash to secure the world’s biggest – or at least most talked about – sporting events.

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