MANILA, Philippines – Former world light-welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan of Britain believes he is being considered as an opponent by undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Khan, who still campaigns at light-welterweight, has made no secret of his plans to move up to welterweight in order to challenge Mayweather.
“In the world of boxing, there are very few names that can sell tickets and get big TV viewing figures now,” Khan said in East Side Boxing. “And I’m sure Mayweather is already talking about fighting me.”
Khan said he “definitely” wants to fight Mayweather, especially now that the American seems to have slowed down.
“It’s about timing in this game, and Mayweather has shown in his last fight that he’s getting caught more, his feet have slowed down a lot, his defense is not like it used to be, and his upper body and lateral movement is not the same anymore,” he said.
Last May 5, Mayweather defeated Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto via unanimous decision in an entertaining, competitive fight that saw the American take more punishment that he did in previous fights.
“Cotto was maybe on his A-game for that fight,” Khan said. “Cotto boxed really well, so you can’t say that Mayweather did not box well.”
“Cotto boxed amazingly, that’s why he caught Mayweather with some great shots,” he added.
But Khan insisted that he was not taking anything away from Mayweather, whom he called “a great fighter.”
“I would love to take that fight against Mayweather one day,” he emphasized. “It’s an ambition of mine to fight the best out there, just like every fighter’s ambition is to fight the best.”
Khan confirmed that his upcoming bout against unbeaten fighter Danny Garcia will be his last at light-welterweight.
“This will be the last fight at 140-pounds, then we will move on to bigger and better things,” he said.