LAS VEGAS -- UFC president Dana White says he has not been contacted by anyone associated with Floyd Mayweather regarding a boxing match against Khabib Nurmagomedov, despite both camps expressing interest in public.
"Don't pay attention to it," White told ESPN on Thursday. "First of all, the Mayweather team has not approached us at all. Khabib is under contract with the UFC; we haven't talked to anybody from the Mayweather team. Floyd is very good at getting his name back out there when he's ready to."
Nurmagomedov (27-0), UFC's lightweight champion, is coming off a submission victory against Conor McGregor in the highest-selling fight in UFC history.
He recently appeared in an online video alongside Mayweather adviser Leonard Ellerbe, telling Mayweather, "We have to fight." The currently retired Mayweather (50-0) has since responded, telling TMZ earlier this week that his team can "make it happen."
Nurmagomedov's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, told ESPN on Thursday that Nurmagomedov would certainly entertain the idea.
"I'm talking to everybody right now," Abdelaziz said. "At the end of the day, Khabib is a UFC fighter. He has a contract with the UFC, and we respect the contract. ... But we're open, if Floyd wants to box Khabib.
"... You have a guy who is 50-0, a guy who is 27-0. Both have never tasted defeat. Khabib brings 2.5 billion Muslims around the world, some of the richest countries in the world, and they're behind him. Floyd Mayweather is a megastar. Floyd 'Money' Mayweather. If the two forces clash, that's a real fight."
As far as Nurmagomedov's next fight in UFC, White said the promotion has not given it serious thought. Nurmagomedov is currently under temporary suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his postfight actions at UFC 229 and is facing a disciplinary suspension that would likely spill into 2019.
McGregor (21-4) is already campaigning for a rematch. Abdelaziz said he doubts the Irish star truly wants one.
"He say he want it, but he don't want it," Abdelaziz said. "How you want something like that? How you want a nightmare hunting you for 25 minutes? You have to understand, Khabib carried this boy. Khabib could have finished in the first, second, third round. He finished him in the fourth round. He carried him to punish him.
"Conor was an enemy, a true enemy, to all of us. When you defeat an enemy, you move on -- especially when the enemy surrenders."
Former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson (24-3) is a potential matchup for Nurmagomedov, although Abdelaziz said he prefers a higher-profile opponent. UFC has tried to book a Nurmagomedov-Ferguson matchup four times in the past, but each time it has fallen through for various reasons.
"I haven't even thought about a [McGregor] rematch," White said. "Obviously, I know Conor wants a rematch. We need to do what's right and what's fair. We'll see how it plays out. We literally haven't thought about it yet.
"... As a fight fan, you've got to go with Tony. Tony had the belt, tweaked his knee, got stripped, this fight happens -- Tony never lost the [interim] belt in a fight. Neither did Conor, but Conor got the opportunity to actually fight [Nurmagomedov]. I think Tony deserves the next shot."