Amir Khan has insisted that he wants the title of being pound-for-pound king and has stated that he is “going to be the next Floyd Mayweather”.
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Khan has made no secret of his desire to fight Mayweather, and has continued to desperately pursue a meeting with him in September before the unbeaten American calls time on his career.
It is widely expected that the 38-year-old will hang up his gloves after September 12, although there were suggestions initially that he would keen on a rematch with Manny Pacquiao next year.
That looks unlikely now, and even if Khan doesn’t get the chance to fight him before he retires, he insists that his goal is to become the pound-for-pound king of the sport.
“I’m going to be the next Floyd Mayweather whether I fight him or not. That’s right,” Khan is quoted as saying by Boxing Scene.
“The pound-for-pound title means everything and I think fighting towards that is definitely the aim. I think it’s all about fighting for that pound-for-pound title that he would leave behind. People want to see who the next Mayweather’s going to be, who the guy is going to take that position.”
Khan added that it isn’t about the money in his career anymore, but more so about fighting the top names in the division which will secure his legacy.
The Brit named the likes of Timothy Bradley, Keith Thurman and Manny Pacquiao as rivals that would help him achieve that, as he continues to dismiss the Kell Brook fight.
Aside from the domestic showdown making significant money for both fighters, it would undoubtedly go down in the history books if it was held at Wembley Stadium and would have fighters and fight fans talking about it for years to come. Just ask Carl Froch.