Khan predicts Mayweather v Pacquiao won’t happen
Top welterweight contender Amir Khan is not convinced that a super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will be agreed despite reports this week that the clash is on the brink of completion.
The Briton, who missed out on facing Mayweather in May 2014 to Marcos Maidana, is patiently waiting to see if the pound for pound king will fall back from negotiations with the Filipino and choose to meet him this time around.
Rejuvenated Khan, 28, believes it is unlikely that Pacquiao will get the nod to oppose Mayweather in a spring pay-per-view blockbuster due to the politics and history involved between both parties.
“That fight hasn’t happened for such a long time, so why would it happen now?” Khan said to Gulf News about the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout. “There’s too many advisers involved and they will never agree.”
Mayweather, 37, is short of options when it comes to big-name opponents for his proposed May 2 return to the ring, although Khan is tipping the American to go over old ground in a bid to stay unbeaten – despite the boxing world wanting the Pacquiao or indeed the Bolton man to be the next in line.
“If Mayweather isn’t going to fight Pacquiao, who’s he going to fight next? It has to be me! Unless he fights someone else he’s already beaten like (Miguel) Cotto just to get to 50 fights unbeaten, but that would look really bad,” he concluded.
News that Pacquiao has agreed to all terms laid out by Mayweather has been filtering through since Tuesday night, which could then see Khan turn his attention to a summer clash at London’s Wembley Stadium with British rival and IBF champion Kell Brook.