By Tim Nielson: Britain’s Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) says he’ll be speaking to his adviser Al Haymon need week to find out whether he’ll be getting the Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) fight on September 12th. Khan believes that Mayweather will have made known his choice for his next fight by that time.
There are a little over 10 weeks to go before Mayweather’s next fight in September, which means he’s got to make his choice by next week if he wants to be able to get in one week of publicity tour and eight weeks of training.
“We’ve been talking to Al Haymon and hopefully we’ll find out in a week what’s going to happen,” Khan said to Ringcast.net. “Mayweather wants to fight on September 12 and I’ll be ready for that date.”
If Mayweather is going to be fighting Khan, he’s keeping it a big secret by not dropping any hits of his intention of fighting him. But then again, it wouldn’t be the first time that Mayweather kept a secret about who he plans on fighting. He did that when he fought Robert Guerrero in 2013. Mayweather kept it a secret until making the announcement. At the time, a lot of boxing fans believed that Mayweather was going to fight Devon Alexander, who was fighting at a high level at the time.
Mayweather is in a great position right now where he can fight pretty much anyone he wants without fans being able to jump on him and calling him a ducker. He beat Manny Pacquiao in his last fight in May of this year, and that victory has officially made Mayweather the king of the hill in the welterweight division, as well as in boxing as a whole.
Khan doesn’t have the same kind of cache that Pacquiao does, so it won’t be a big deal if Mayweather chooses not to fight him. Few fans would criticize Mayweather if he chooses to fight another opponent than Khan, because the British fighter hasn’t been proving himself as being the best since his back to back losses to Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson. To be sure, Khan has won his last five fights, but he’s also done it against fringe level competition rather than the top five talents in the welterweight division.
“Mayweather hasn’t announced who he wants to fight yet,” Khan said. “He’s mentioned a few names but mine should’ve been in there because it’s a fight that the fans want and it’s a fight that would make big money.”
Some fans want to see Mayweather fight Khan, but there are arguably even more fans who would prefer to see Mayweather fight the likes of Kell Brook and Keith Thurman. Those two fighters are considered by many to be the top guys now that Pacquiao has been beaten. That’s not to say that they could necessarily beat a talented fighter like Pacquiao, but they’re both unbeaten and both world champions at 147. In contrast, Khan doesn’t hold a world title at this time, and it’s doubtful that he could beat any of the current champions at welterweight to win one.