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Amir Khan surges ahead in the race to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Phil Jay 07/02/2014

British fighter Amir Khan is now the frontrunner to oppose pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather after amassing a 700 vote lead (by 10:14am ET/17:14 GMT) in the current poll with ex-opponent Marcos Maidana.

The 27 year-old had fallen behind early on before clawing back a 14% deficit to edge the lead by Thursday, until Maidana came back to take over once more in the early hours of Friday morning.

Since then it’s been all Khan as the former unified light-welterweight champion surpasses 13,500 votes and looks destined to take his place in the opposite corner to Mayweather on May 3 in Las Vegas.

Talk has surrounded a fight between Mayweather and Khan for months, but even a late curveball by the American seems unlikely to put a stop to the WBC welterweight clash which is set to air on Showtime and UK PPV.

Maidana, 30, will be disappointed to miss out if Khan can see out the race until the process ends on Sunday night, although the Argentinian has the back-up plan of an immediate rematch with Adrien Broner. A fight that could conceivably take place on the undercard of Mayweather v Khan at the MGM Grand.

Some reports are even suggesting that Mayweather’s 46th outing, possibly against Khan, could then lead to a massive clash with Manny Pacquiao in September, but that remains to be seen as the 36 year-old winds down his career.

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