Downhearted Khan says stablemate Berto can give Floyd a tough night

“I’m disappointed not to have got the fight for what is the third time after having been one of the frontrunners. However, there are many big fights out there for me and I’m going to continue working hard to establish myself at the top of the welterweight division. Floyd Mayweather has fought the biggest names throughout his career and has earned the right to face whoever he chooses.

“I wish my stablemate Andre Berto and trainer Virgil Hunter the very best of luck in the fight. I have seen how hard Andre trains and works and know that he is ready to give Floyd a very tough night.” – Amir Khan

Mayweather fights Berto as he heads towards Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0 into retirement and is already an overwhelming favourite to keep hold of his WBC and WBA belts at 147.

Berto, 31, has lost three of his last six outings, including one to Victor Ortiz whom Mayweather stopped in just four rounds and Khan will now have to look elsewhere for his next test.

The Briton is already eyeing a huge fight with ex-training partner Manny Pacquiao in the spring before a possible UK super-fight with Kell Brook in late 2016.