Khan had claimed that Pacquiao would be a tougher opponent than Mayweather…
Floyd Mayweather insists that his fight with Amir Khan could still happen but has dismissed his rival’s suggestion that Manny Pacquiao would be a tougher opponent.
The unbeaten American is scheduled to fight Marcos Maidana for a second time on September 13 after winning their previous bout, and he is confident that history will repeat itself.
However, with on-going noise in the welterweight division from his rivals, the 37-year-old has addressed comments from Khan who continues to chase a fight with him.
The Bolton-born fighter will return to the ring on December 6 with an opponent yet to be named, but he hasn’t given up hope on taking on Mayweather in a huge fight next year.
However, with British rival Kell Brook winning the IBF welterweight title against Shawn Porter last week, there are significant calls for the pair to face off in a clash in Britain next year which promoter Eddie Hearn believes would be “equally as big as ” Carl Froch’s rematch with George Groves.
Nevertheless, Mayweather isn’t concerned with that and has left the door open to a bout with Khan in 2015.
“He (Amir Khan) knows that the fight between us can still happen,’ Mayweather said, the Daily Mail reports.
“He is an exciting young fighter – but I don’t just fight anybody – they have to prove themselves.
“If you ask me will the fight happen – then I would say yes. I hope next year – but these fights are always about timing.
“I saw the comments where he thought Manny would give him a tougher fight than me. I have no response to that. I will just remind him of those comments after I have beaten him.”
Meanwhile, Hearn is hopeful of setting up the clash between Brook and Khan with the winner then potentially going on to face Mayweather in a unification bout.