Paulie Malignaggi believes that both Amir Khan and Kell Brook are deemed too dangerous by Floyd Mayweather and so they will be overlooked in the future.
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The welterweight division is packed with talent, but ultimately it is at a standstill until after May 2 as there are question marks over both Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s future in the sport.
Although ‘Money’ still has one more fight remaining after Saturday on his CBS and Showtime contract, he has hinted at the possibility of retiring after his battle with Pacquaio, and he undoubtedly has the money to buy himself out of the deal.
Meanwhile, Khan has made no secret of his desire to fight the unbeaten American superstar but despite seeing his efforts overlooked for the most part, he still holds on to hope that he can make it happen.
The same can be said of a possible meeting with Pacquiao, but that is arguably the more realistic option as speculation has linked with them with a bout in Abu Dhabi later in the year.
Nevertheless, much depends on the outcome of Saturday night’s fight first and with IBF champion Brook knocking on the door too by bringing the chance of a unification fight to the table, his possible fight with Khan in a grudge match in the UK seems unlikely for the time being.
Malignaggi believes that neither Khan nor Brook will get the chance to fight Mayweather or Pacquiao, as essentially they are too young and too dangerous for them at this stage of their respective careers.
“I would be honest, I think both guys present too much danger,” he told Sky Sports. “Mayweather and Pacquiao won’t fight them. I don’t see it happening.
“I think if Floyd reaches the crescendo and wins this fight, I think you might see Floyd more so leaning towards retirement, as opposed to Pacquiao. If he wants to fight, he will fight everybody.”
Khan faces Chris Algieri next month in Brooklyn, while Brook makes the second defence of his world title against fellow Brit Frankie Gavin at the O2 on May 30.
However, the fight that British boxing fans would like to see most is a clash between the bitter rivals, but Khan turned down the chance of a summer meeting at Wembley in June.