A much sought-after fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Amir Khan has apparently moved a step closer following the pound for pound king’s admission that he hopes the pair can meet in the ring.
Mayweather, 37, was originally due to meet the Briton in May of last year after 28 year-old Khan came out on top of his two man poll that included Marcos Maidana. The Argentine was controversially picked out to be Mayweather’s opponent for his 46th bout despite losing out in the voting, and Maidana went on to pocket a tidy sum from his two contests with the ‘Money’ man.
Now, after recently blowing cold on the idea of fighting the former light-welterweight world champion, it seems Mayweather’s trainer and father Floyd Sr. wants his son to end the discussions once and for all and finally agree to an encounter with ‘King’ Khan.
“My Dad is desperate for me to take – the Khan fight – he just wants me to shut the kid up and put him down,” Mayweather is quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.
“My Dad doesn’t like fighters trash talking his son – but he knows as well as I do that if the fight happens – then I am going to punish him. If he thinks he can trash talk me and get away with it he needs to think again. “He is a good fighter – he has quick hands – but I am a far more intelligent fighter than him – and I could already tell you how I would beat him.”
The five-weight world title holder, who is currently 47-0, then added: “I want to put him on his backside, so hopefully we can make it happen.
“I have always said that nobody has any right just to get a fight with me. I am nobody’s pay day, I am nobody’s meal ticket. I take fights that I believe will test me, and will put on a good show for the fans.
“I ain’t ever taken a fight just because somebody has been running off their mouth. If Khan gets his fight – it will be because I think he deserves a shot.”
Khan recently impressed on the undercard of Mayweather’s first fight with Maidana by defeating New Yorker Luis Collazo, and with UK rival Kell Brook out of commission for the time being, the door remains ajar for Mayweather to make his move.
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