Amir Khan has suggested that by fighting him in September, unbeaten superstar Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather would be able to grow his fanbase further.
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Khan has been pursuing a bout with Mayweather for some time, but the American has continued to ignore him thus far and will enter the ring for the final time in September.
After defeating Manny Pacquiao last month in a bout billed as the ‘biggest fight in boxing history’, Mayweather will be fully aware of the fact that he will not be able top those numbers.
As a result, many believe that he will go out against a previous opponent that he is confident of beating so he can protect his unbeaten record and bow out with a win.
Khan would certainly be a threat to his ‘0’ but it is unlikely that the Brit will get the opportunity and he is doing himself no favours by coming out with comments such as these.
“I think it can happen, for sure. Financially it makes sense. It’s going to help Floyd’s fan base, especially in other parts of the world – like Pakistan, India, Dubai and the UK. The UK fans want it. Obviously people in Pakistan would love to see that fight and I can only imagine having a press conference there…the same with Dubai,” Khan told Boxing Scene.
After struggling in his last fight against Chris Algieri, the 28-year-old insists that he will produce a much better performance if he lands his dream bout, but it is debatable as to whether he is actually helping or hindering his cause by constantly talking about.
Based on his timeline earlier this month, the fight should be announced within a week but history would tell us that Mayweather calls the shots and will announce his opponent when he’s ready.
In the mean time, Khan has been ridiculed for his comments even though many acknowledge that he would give his welterweight rival a real test.