Former light-welterweight champion Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KO’s) has responded to the report from LA Times writer Lance Pugmire, who was told by his sources that Floyd Mayweather has officially removed him from consideration because of his mouth.
“Told by official that Amir ‘King’ Khan is out of consideration to fight Floyd Mayweather next,” Pugmire said on Twitter. “Told the reason that Amir ‘King’ Khan is out is because of his mouth. He was told to zip it and kept yapping negatively about Floyd Mayweather.”
On June 15, Khan said on his Snapchat story that he spoke with Floyd Mayweather Sr., the father and trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr., about the possibility of fighting his son.
“Me and Floyd Sr. just had a conversation; it was a little crazy talking about a fight between me and his son, a lot of swearing that he was doing, but I’ll post it soon,” Khan stated.
It’s been over a month, and Khan has yet to post it.
Khan on the other hand doesn’t believe Mayweather bypassed him because of his constant trash talk, but rather because the undefeated pound-for-pound king is scared to face him – this is likely not going to help his cause.
“He can use whatever excuses he likes, but the bottom line is Floyd is scared. He knows I’m fast and can give him his first loss. Amir Khan brings more money, more fans, and more exposure on the table.”
Mayweather is coming off the biggest payday in sports history so Khan won’t be bringing more than Floyd, but he’d certainly help his rival make more than what a Berto fight might produce.
As we reported on Friday, Mayweather is in negotiations to postpone his retirement and sign a three-fight extension with Showtime/CBS.
This opens the door for fights against the likes of Kell Brook, Keith Thurman, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, and maybe a rematch with Manny Pacquiao if he decides to return to boxing.
Unfortunately, we don’t live in a world where our bodies don’t decay. Eventually, Mayweather is going to have to call it a career, but extending his career by three fights would give younger guns a chance to make history – if that’s possible.
Will Khan get the fight? That’s going to be up to Mayweather. While Pacquiao dismantled Chris Algieri to get his shot, Khan struggled to earn a decisive victory against an improved Algieri under the tutelage of John David Jackson.
As Khan has been advising his domestic rival in Kell Brook to do, it’s time for the Bolton fighter to beat some top contenders before he earns a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr.