Mayweather and Pacquiao name three opponents, Khan not one them
Floyd Mayweather has confirmed he will battle Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019 whilst at the same time offering Conor McGregor a rematch.
The aging former pound for pound king looks set for yet another comeback in the next twelve months and singled out Khabib alongside McGregor as potential foes.
“Oh, we fighting! I’m my own boss, so I can’t say what’s going on on Khabib’s end, but on my end, we can make it happen,” said Mayweather. “He called me out, so he’s got to come to my world.”
Mayweather had stated his intention to face McGregor again before the Irishman lost to Khabib. The defeat seemingly hasn’t put the American off.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, revealed a proposed bout against Adrien Broner. Even stating the fight will happen in January 12 or 19 of next year.
The fight is largely expected to be a warm-up for Mayweather. Despite Mayweather’s claims of fighting UFC stars, Pacquiao remains the firm favorite.
Obviously, this is bad news for Amir Khan, who exclusively spoke to World Boxing News on the matter.
The Bolton man is now ready to put attempts to secure either behind him.
“Listen, Pacquiao and Mayweather are the names I want to fight,” Khan exclusively told World Boxing News.
“They are both the names I’ve been chasing. I’ve been very close to making the Pacquiao fight happen years ago but I don’t want to wait around.
“At the end of the day, I’m ready for Mayweather or Pacquiao now!
“Maybe we can make it happen early next year but I just don’t think they want to fight me. Mayweather and Pacquiao are just teasing the fans that they are going to be fighting each other.
“But look, I’m not teasing anyone. I want to take that fight and I honestly think I would beat them.
“In Pacquiao’s case, I have a one hundred percent record against southpaws. I box really well against southpaws. I think my speed will be too much for Pacquiao and it would be like a game of chess.
“With Mayweather, it would be another game of chess due to in and out movement.
“I know they are both talking about Broner, but I don’t know where his name is coming from. He’s been beaten Maidana and by Malignaggi – who didn’t get the decision. Even Molina gave him a hard time.
“These are guys I beat, I schooled and now Broner could be having two fights against Pacquiao and Mayweather or getting beat by them. So I think they are looking for an easy route with Broner.”
He continued: “They seem to be looking after each other. Mayweather probably wants to look after Broner because he knows he’s going to beat him.
“Mayweather has put Pacquiao down to face him first so he can fight him after, but he said the same thing to me.
“I really think they are just dangling carrots now and I just don’t think they are ready to fight me, rather than being honest.
“I spoke to Manny’s team but he’s also been speaking to four or five other fighters around the world when travelling.
“The reason I thought our fight would be up there is because I bring more to the table. I’ve got fans all over and the only reason that fight is not happening is that both are afraid.
“They both know I would give them big problems. But I hate talking about it and I hate chasing them, I’ve made that mistake before. So I’ll just sit back and hope that fight happens.
“I’m not going to waste time. Hopefully, in the next week or two, I will know where I’m going.
“Eddie (Hearn) is a big promoter so maybe he can reach these guys and see if they are talking s*** or not, see if they really want to fight me,” concluded Khan.