WBC silver welterweight champion Amir Khan has admitted for the first time that a fight with Floyd Mayweather will not happen this year and is targeting clashes with Juan Manuel Marquez or Manny Pacquiao instead.
Rumours had been rife for sometime that Khan would not be able to oppose Mayweather in September due his observing of Ramadan in July, which the Briton has now confirmed is indeed the case.
“The fight between me and Floyd Mayweather is going to happen one day. As long as I keep winning and putting on great performances, it is definitely going to happen,” Khan told Sky Sports’ Ringside show in the UK.
“But I cannot do September because of Ramadan. The next time that it could happen is in May. I can fight then so it could be Floyd’s next fight after September.”
Khan, 27, has revealed that two options being considered for his next fight are Mayweather’s main rival Pacquiao and Mexican fighting legend Marquez, who have also been in talks to face each other in Macau this November.
Reports from Mexico are stating that Marquez may be asking for too much money to take on Pacquiao for a fifth time, and that could leave the door open for both to discuss terms with Khan.
“I am looking at the likes of Marquez and Manny Pacquiao (as well as) Floyd Mayweather, they are the big names and that is where I belong fighting the top guys,” said Khan.
“There are talks about Manny Pacquiao happening in the future – may be next. So I have left my team, Al Haymon and Khan Promotions to do everything.”
After shining in his recent win over Luis Collazo, ‘King’ Khan is once again a big draw in the sport following two devastating defeats in 2011 and 2012. There is no doubt an encounter with ex-stablemate Pacquiao would set pulses racing with fans and media alike as both possess lightning speed and ferocious power – which could make for an explosive contest.
With Khan not now being considered for Mayweather in the autumn, that may well leave the pound for pound king with only Miguel Cotto, Marcos Maidana or Danny Garcia as possibles for his next big money pay-per-view event.
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