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Amir Khan has given Floyd Mayweather five days to decide on whether or not he wants to fight him as he looks to return to training in the coming weeks.
While Mayweather is reportedly busy agreeing terms on a fight to finally face long-time rival Manny Pacquiao, Khan is still desperately chasing a bout with the American superstar.
The 37-year-old called out Pacquiao last month to fight him on May 2, and according to promoter Bob Arum and trainer Freddie Roach, talks are progressing and they believe an agreement is close.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday that a venue, the MGM Grand, had already been agreed upon as had the drug-testing plan, and so the date and purse split were still left to be determined while Showtime and HBO would also have to come to an agreement over airing the bout.
Nevertheless, it appears as though the focus is on making that fight happen, but Khan hasn’t lost hope yet as he still waits on Mayweather.
“I want to fight in May and I want the Mayweather fight but it’s not getting any closer,” Khan told the Daily Mail.
“I’ve answered all the things Mayweather wanted me to do. He wanted me to fight at welterweight, I did that; he wanted to do a vote, I won the vote; he wanted me to beat a top guy in the division and I gave Devon Alexander a beating he’d never had before.
“There is a lot of money in a fight with me, not just in America, but he’s trying to avoid me. He’s avoiding two names in boxing, Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan.
“Mayweather wants to keep his ‘0’, he doesn’t want to take the big fights. If he’s not fighting the top guys but is fighting guys who are over the hill or not at their peak, he’s going to be undefeated.
“One thing about me is I’ve fought guys at their peak and who have been dangerous. I didn’t have to fight them but I did. Losing doesn’t make you a bad fighter, losing shows how good you are if you come back from those losses.
“It’s a waiting game, I’ve given his team five days. I need to know this week because I need to start training.”
Khan looked impressive in his win over Alexander last month, and while there is a sizeable portion of his fans who would love to see him face Mayweather, there is also an argument that his pursuit of fighting the unbeaten American is making him look desperate.