WBA/IBF light-welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-1-0) is scheduled to fight Lamont Peterson (29-1-1) on Dec. 3, yet he’s already contemplating his next fight. Khan wants to face WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0-0) on May 5.
Mayweather is currently trying to secure the highly anticipated super-fight against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2), and Khan made it clear he doesn’t mind being second choice.
“On paper I’m the best he could face, if he doesn’t face Manny Pacquiao,” Khan said while talking to BBC Radio 5. “If I didn’t think I could beat Floyd Mayweather and I didn’t have the style, the speed and the power to beat him, then I wouldn’t even be talking about it. I don’t want to be a challenger going into these fights. I want to be a champion and the winner. I know that Floyd has never faced the speed and the power than I have. I have the best trainer in the world, in my corner, who will give me the right instructions to beat him,”
While a fight between Khan and Mayweather won’t be as huge as the anticipated super-fight against Pacquiao, Khan is a worthy opponent for Mayweather. Khan is currently on an eight fight winning streak, and he’s coming off an impressive knockout victory over former IBF light-welterweight champion Zab Judah.
Khan is loved by British boxing fans, and a fight against Mayweather will create a big stir across the pond. Boxing fans should expect a Mayweather vs. Hatton type British invasion, if Khan ends up getting the next shot at Floyd. Khan will have his work cut out for him though, given the fact he’s never fought as a welterweight in his professional career.
Mayweather has already indicated he won’t fight Khan unless he proves himself against one of his fighters, Jesse Vargas (17-0-0), and it’s highly unlikely he’ll change his mind. If Khan truly wants Mayweather, he’ll probably have to take Vargas fight.