By Jeff Newman: Amir Khan is waiting in the wings to try and get a fight against either Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao if their fight fails to take place on May 2nd. Khan expects to face one of them if their fight negotiations crumble, and he’ll be less than a happy camper if he doesn’t get selected.
Khan says his wins over Devon Alexander and Luis Collazo show that he’s earned his shot at one of the two superstars, but a lot of boxing fans feel that Khan has an unreasonable sense of entitlement. They feel that Khan still has a lot more to prove before he can push for boxing’s biggest stars to face him.
“I will be a little upset if I don’t get one of them because I think I have proved myself. But if they fight each other, I am fine,” Khan said via Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. “If it doesn’t happen, I hope I get to fight one of them. I think I will get one of them. I’m in a very good position.”
Despite a lot of talk from Khan about him deserving a shot against Mayweather and Pacquiao, his chances of fighting either of them are slim. Khan’s contract with adviser Al Haymon would appear to preclude a fight against the Top Rank promoted Pacquiao due to the two entities not having a working relationship.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has been mentioning Khan’s name a lot as a backup plan for Pacquiao if the Mayweather fight doesn’t take place, but it’s thought that Arum is just name dropping in order to get Mayweather to sign for the Pacquiao fight. Haymon would very likely say ‘no’ to a Pacquiao-Khan fight even if Arum were serious about wanting to put this fight together.
Khan hasn’t yet made plans for his next fight, but he needs to start thinking of looking at finding someone soon. Mayweather isn’t going to face him next and he can’t fight him later in the year due to Khan having Ramadan.