Exclusive: Khan still wants ‘back in training’ Mayweather or Pacquiao, open to ‘boxing’ McGregor

Naoki Fukuda

Amir Khan has informed WBN he’s heard Floyd Mayweather is back training again as whispers persist linking the Pound for Pound king with a record-breaking 50th fight.

The 30 year-old from Bolton, England has longed to share the ring with the ‘Money’ man for some time and has come close on more than one occasion in the past. Mayweather lost his WBN P4P mantle this week as a new era begins with Roman Gonzalez at the helm.

With three fights lined up in 2017, Khan still hopes a fight with Mayweather can come to fruition but would settle for a meeting active former training partner Manny Pacquiao.

“I hear rumours Floyd is back in training,” Khan exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I still believe a fight between me and him would be very exciting and a massive event, and even though I lost against Canelo, there were a lot of positives to take away from that fight.

“The way I fought the first four or five rounds has given me the confidence to beat anyone out there.”

Asked about Pacquiao and the Filipino Senator’s upcoming clash with Jessie Vargas, Khan added: “I think it’s a great fight and a huge opportunity for Vargas.

“Manny and his team know where I am though as we get so close last time before they disappeared. I would be gutted if I don’t fight Pacquiao before he retires.”

During the summer, Khan was consistently linked to a possible switch to Mixed Martial Arts and a fight with UFC star Conor McGregor, although it seems Khan has put the brakes on any potential code switch for the time being.

“I don’t really know about moving to MMA,” said Khan. “I mean, if the fight comes up I would consider it as Conor is an unbelievable fighter. I’d love to test him in the boxing ring first as MMA will take a long time to get used to.

“Just the thought of getting the boxing world and MMA world together makes we want to do it even more as it will be massive!”

The first step of what will be Khan’s comeback begins in January, which the former world champion wants to happen in the UK, before a potentially massive world title challenge against Danny Garcia in May followed by another big event at the end of 2017.

Khan is well aware that two fights in two years isn’t enough to compete at the top level and putting together a three-fight plan for the New Year is the perfect way to reignite his career.