Amir Khan has revealed the names of two possible opponents for his return to the ring in 2015 should the Briton fail to land a world title shot against pound for pound best Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2.
The 28 year-old is still hopeful of being chosen by Mayweather for a WBC and WBA welterweight championship fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as Khan believes he has done enough through convincing victories over Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander to warrant the chance.
“I’m in a great position where I can go for [Timothy] Bradley or [Juan Manuel] Marquez, so I’m OK,” Khan told Gulf News. “But it won’t be the goal for me, I want the big one that will give the crowd the fight they want to see, it’s just a waiting game at the moment so lets wait and see. Hopefully in the next few days, we should know.
“I’m getting frustrated because I thought I was close to fighting Mayweather last time and he took Maidana instead. I didn’t say anything then because I hadn’t fought a 147lb welterweight. I thought the best thing to do was to have some fights, and prove my spot.
“Now I’ve proven myself, not once but twice in the 147 division, fighting two of the top ten boxers and not only beating them but beating them convincingly.
“I’ve answered all that Mayweather’s asked of me, so what more do I have to do to get that fight? I think he’ll come back with an answer we all want to hear this week,” he added.
Bradley, who drew with Diego Chaves in his last outing, would certainly have the makings of an interesting contest, whilst veteran Marquez may be a more one-sided affair due to the Mexican’s age and lack of big fight activity.
Whomever Khan steps into the ring may struggle to cope with the Olympic silver medallists lightning speed on recent evidence though and would surely be a contributing factor should the ex-140lb king fail to land a Mayweather fight before the ‘Money’ man retires.