Khan open to Mayweather approach, says Pacquiao lacked accuracy to win

Phil Jay 14/05/2015

Esther Lin

Amir Khan has made it clear that he is willing to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr in September and that his preparations for Ramadan would not get in the way of the devout Muslim accepting the bout.

The 28 year-old has emerged as the frontrunner to meet Mayweather on September 12 in potentially the pound for pound king’s final fight, although Khan won’t be held to ransom by the prospect of being the next in line to face the world number one.

“There’s a lot of talk of a September fight when Mayweather will be in the ring again and there have been people speaking to me saying; ‘you could be the next guy’,” Khan told BBC Radio 5 live.

“Well the way he is as a fighter, he fights whoever they put in front of him. So I respect him for that, he’s fought Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, the big names in boxing and he’s beaten them.

“I think with my youth, explosiveness, speed, power and definitely movement but it’s not only that, I think it’s all about timing and accuracy as well. I think that’s where Pacquiao went wrong. He has all the skills, but he didn’t have the accuracy.”

Both Khan and Mayweather share the same advisor in Al Haymon who would be on hand to make any negotiations run smoothly Now that the question of Ramadan has been put to bed, the fight could move to the forefront once next opponent Chris Algieri is out of the way on May 31.

“(Al Haymon) thinks it can happen. It’s all about putting in good performances. I’m not going to chase it like I used to chase it, I’ll keep on fighting, keep on ticking over and if it comes, it comes,” said Khan.

“I can work around it (Ramadan). I’m spending more time in the gym now, even in between training camps I’m in the gym. So I’m halfway there to be honest. I feel happy at this weight, I feel strong at this weight and I feel I can do the September fight if it happens.

“It would be mid-September if it happens, so I think that gives me enough time to do my Ramadan, fasting and everything and then go into training camp to get nine or ten weeks,” he explained.

For now, Khan’s main focus is defeating Algieri as a loss at this point would end any hopes the Briton has of ever facing Mayweather, and with talk of his home country being a possible host of the fight at Wembley Stadium, the former 140lb king has more incentive to win than ever.

“We’ve told Al Haymon and his team that we don’t want to talk about the Mayweather thing or whenever people ask us questions we keep quiet, saying we don’t want to know, keep away from the Mayweather questions and focus on Chris Algieri. But I really think it can happen,” added Khan.