Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are lining up pre-rematch clashes in the coming months.
The superstars are closing in on a lucrative second fight in the spring or summer of 2019 and are eyeing warm-up bouts in the interim.
Mayweather is hoping to trade blows with UFC star and Conor McGregor conqueror Khabib Nurmagomedov. Pacquiao, on the other hand, wants to collide with Adrien Broner.
Should the legends come through unscathed, they believe interest in a second encounter will spike.
Khabib recently made McGregor tap to cement his place as the top MMA champion. Now, the Russian wants Mayweather to agree to a fight on his home soil.
“A meeting with the Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation Umar Kremlev was held today,” explained Khabib.
“We discussed the fight with Mayweather. We want the fight to take place in Moscow at the legendary Luzhniki Arena.
“They are sure that we will gather 100 thousand spectators. We can also set a world record for the sale of paid broadcasts (PPV).
“And, most importantly, my father (stopped from entering the United States) will be in the corner as a visa to Moscow is not needed.”
For Pacquiao v Broner, Tokyo is the current frontrunner to host. The United States, potentially Las Vegas, is a close second. Whilst further venues are believed to be in the running.
Recently signing with Al Haymon, Pacquiao is excited for what will be his final act in the sport.
“I’m very excited about this new chapter in my career. I am really looking forward to a fresh start,” said Pacquiao.
“I’m reinvigorated by the prospects of bringing up new fighters under the MP Promotions banner.
“My team will work closely with Al Haymon for the remainder of my career to deliver the most anticipated fights with the top PBC fighters.
“Those are the fights the fans want to see and the ones I want to have to close out my career.”
Joe Ramos of MP Promotions, added: “MP Promotions is very excited about this last phase of Senator Manny’s Hall of Fame Career.
“We look forward to launching this new relationship with Manny’s first world title defense.
“I would also like to acknowledge matchmaker Sean Gibbons, legal counsel Tom Falgui and Senator Manny’s aide Steve Jumalon for their tireless efforts and invaluable advice.”