Amir Khan has suggested that a fight with Floyd Mayweather in September is possible, but he won’t chase the unbeaten American like he has done in the past.
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Khan revealed that there is ‘more than a 50 percent chance’ that he fights ‘Money’ on September 12, the date lined up for the American’s last fight before he retires.
Mayweather moved to 48-0 after defeating Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on May 2 in what was the richest fight in boxing history, and he revealed shortly after that he would have one more fight later this year and then call time on his career.
However, he then contradicted himself by suggesting that he was open to a rematch with Pac-Man next year, before then going back on that suggestion and labelling his rival a “sore loser” and “coward” after he deemed shoulder injury complaints as an excuse.
Khan is currently preparing for his next bout against Chris Algieri in Brooklyn on May 29, but he is already looking ahead to what could happen later in the year and is confident that a meeting with Mayweather could happen.
“There has been a lot of talk that it will be September when Mayweather is back in the ring again. I am not going to chase it like I used to chase it. I am going to keep fighting and if it comes, it comes,” Khan told BBC Radio 5 Live.
It remains to be seen how long the 28-year-old sticks to that line given that he has made no secret of his desire to fight Mayweather in the past, which in turn has seen him receive significant criticism from fellow fighters and detractors.
The British star has constantly been criticised by the likes of Kell Brook and Keith Thurman for jumping the queue and not fighting real welterweights, while his bout with Algieri when announced received a significant backlash.
However, a stylish win on May 29 would put him in the mix for a bout with the ‘king of pay-per-views’ even though there are doubts over if Mayweather will indeed turn down the chance of another huge payday against Pacquiao.