Even with his loss to Lamont Peterson on Dec. 10, former WBA/IBF light welterweight champion Amir Khan still wants a shot at WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather was recently sentenced to 90 days in jail, as a result of his ongoing legal woes (pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery and harassment in order to avoid felony charges), and Khan feels he’s ripe for a loss.
“It will affect him, it would affect anyone,” Khan said in a recent interview with BBC Sport. “Things happen for a reason. This fight [against Peterson] has probably put me back three months because I want to get the win against Lamont Peterson [in a rematch] and get to where I want to be. I hear Mayweather is in prison for 90 days. I think he’ll need a couple of months to get back into it again and then train. I think right now is the best time to catch him. He’s making a lot of mistakes now and doing a lot of things wrong on the streets as well. I think right now is the best time to catch him, when his hands are low and beat him. I know I’ve got the style to beat him.”
Khan made his desire to fight Mayweather clear before his fight with Peterson, but it is a little shocking to find out he’s still thinking of trading blows with the sports’ pound-for-pound best. Khan struggled in the latter rounds of his 12 round encounter against Peterson, and he certainly didn’t look like one of the sport’s best in that encounter. Khan isn’t quite on the same level with Mayweather or the other great boxers in the sport, and he’ll probably be better off going after less accomplished fighters.
Depending on how long Mayweather spends in jail, and the amount of exercise privileges he’s given, he just might need a tune-up fight before going after Manny Pacquiao. Khan does make a good tune-up bout for Mayweather, and the British boxer just might end up getting his wish.