Amir Khan says Floyd Mayweather wants him as his next opponent
Welterweight contender Amir Khan said that he could be Floyd Mayweather's next opponent. The welterweight contender said that Mayweather’s manager, Leonard Ellerbe, approached him after Mayweather scored a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
To make that fight happen, Khan would probably need to defeat Chris Algieri on May 30 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Khan says he could fight Pacquiao as well.
"I think Mayweather's team want the fight—but I've spoken to Manny's team and they've said the same thing, that they want a fight,” Khan said, according to the BBC.
Mayweather has said that he wants to retire after one last fight in September.
"I really believe I have Mayweather's number, and I'm ready for whatever he wants," he said. "I can't do September because of Ramadan. It just depends on my schedule this year but if we can do this year or early next year I will definitely jump to it."
Khan (30-3, 19 KOs), who is the No. 1 ranked contender by the WBC, has won his last four fights, including a unanimous decision over Devon Alexander in December to retain his WBC Silver Welterweight crown.
Although no one has defeated Mayweather in his 48 professional fights, Khan believes he has the formula to beat 11-time world champion.
"The mistake Manny made was to drop to Mayweather's pace," Khan said. "You need to stick to your own pace and that's what a younger man could do.
"Mayweather is a very classy fighter but he is not the biggest puncher,” he added. "He won't hurt you. One boxer who can get to him, throw a lot of shots, and show a lot of heart, is Amir Khan."
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