MANILA, Philippines – Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer is hard at work as he tries to finalize a boxing match between pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. and British star Amir “King” Khan for May.
Mayweather has yet to announce an opponent for his May 3 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, although it has long been reported that Khan landed the high-profile bout and the huge payday that comes with it.
“We are working on that. I’m working very diligently,” Schaefer said in a Boxing Scene interview. “Floyd Mayweather works on his own time clock.”
Although the fight has not yet been finalized, Schaefer could not help but tout Khan’s abilities and present him as a capable challenger against the unbeaten Mayweather, who walked through his two opponents in 2013 – Robert Guerrero and Saul Alvarez.
“It is a fight that I would love to do, because I do believe that Amir Khan has the skills to shock the world,” said the promoter.
“I don’t think it would be such a big shock to us, because I have always said that I do believe that Amir Khan, although he had a couple of setbacks, is still one of the best fighters in the world and has the potential to become the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world,” he added.
Mayweather has acknowledged that a Khan fight makes sense business-wise, noting the boxer’s huge fan base in the United Kingdom and in parts of Asia. Khan, for his part, has repeatedly said his speed will play a factor against the American.
Schaefer reiterated that the final decision will still be up to Mayweather, although he vowed to “do whatever I can to get this fight done.”
The promoter also revealed that Mayweather is set to make his announcement regarding his next opponent “in the next seven to 10 days.”