UFC President Dana White was probably of the same school of thought as he had a very clear message for Floyd Mayweather via TMZ - come and fight in a "real" fight in the UFC if you want to go up against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Khabib, the Russian Muslim of Avar descent, who in the last month retained his lightweight title with a dominant fourth-round submission win over McGregor at UFC 229, praised footballer Mohamed Salah while his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week. "We're not boxing him, we did that once, that's over". We did that once.
White said: "Listen, if Mayweather wants to fight, come fight".More news: Hackers Publish Private Messages From 81,000 Facebook Accounts
"There's a reason Floyd Mayweather wants to fight my guys, there's big money in there for him".
Just last week Nurmagomedov and McGregor were both issued stark ultimatums that could tank their careers - the NSAC said failure to show up at the December meeting will mean they will never be allowed to fight in Las Vegas again.
Nurmagomedov is now serving a ban issued by the Nevada State Athletic Commission as it investigates the brawl that followed his world title win over McGregor.
Various reports have suggested the fight could take place as soon as February, but fans will have to wait to find out how long Nurmagomedov's suspension will be first.More news: Affordable Care Act Marketplace open enrollment begins
'We'll see how this whole thing plays out, it's obviously going to depend on the suspension and what happens.
"We're getting into boxing 100 percent, for sure".
Nurmagomedov called out Mayweather Jr.
The fight between him and Khabib has been booked four times in the past, but not bore fruition even once.More news: Tottenham boss Pochettino hails 2-goal Son after Cup triumph