Unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather is not completely ruling out a potential showdown against British fighter Amir “King” Khan, but the former champion has to do something impressive inside the ring first.
“It’s just business,” Mayweather told reporters. “He is still on the table, but not for this fight. But you see what I said (on Twitter), if he can impress me with something, then maybe he is the next guy.”
Mayweather, after weeks of teasing fight fans, eventually chose Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana over Khan in a decision that clearly irritated the British fighter.
Khan had been considered as the top candidate for a Mayweather fight, but Maidana burst into the scene with a dominant victory over Adrien Broner late last year. The unbeaten Manyweather eventually opted to reward Maidana, as opposed to Khan who has been inactive since late 2012.
“If you look at Maidana, he’s 4-0 (in his last four fights) with three knockouts,” Mayweather pointed. “(Khan’s) last four fights, if I’m not mistake, he’s 2-2.”
Khan’s irritation likely stemmed from the knowledge that he won a poll conducted on Mayweather’s website, where fans were asked to choose between him and Maidana to determine the American’s next opponent.
But Mayweather said they considered all platforms and other polls – not just the one on his website – when they made their decision.
“He probably was the winner on my poll, but in other polls, he was getting blown out,” the pound-for-pound king said.
Mayweather’s adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, further explained:
“Floyd has over 11 million followers in different platforms, so all of that was taken under consideration.”
“People focus on one thing. Floyd doesn’t only have a Twitter, he has Instagram, he has Facebook. The first tweet he put out, I know for a fact that there were over 50,000 comments that came in over the first two hours,” Ellerbe added.
“We had to go back and look at everything, and trust me – Maidana was an overwhelming favorite with Floyd’s 11 million followers and that’s how we came to that decision.”