Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. (Credit: Reuters)
Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. insists he is focused on making a fight against Filipino rival Manny Pacquiao and thumbed down the possibility of fighting Britain's Amir Khan.
Khan has been making quite a bit of noise in recent days, saying he earned a shot at Mayweather after a dominant win over former champion Devon Alexander.
Mayweather, speaking to reporters during the World Boxing Council convention in Las Vegas, still does not seem impressed with Khan.
"Amir Khan, his name holds no weight," Mayweather said dismissively, pointing out that Khan did not draw a big crowd for his fight against Alexander.
"No one knows who Amir Khan is, except for people that's involved in boxing," he added.
Mayweather made it clear that his focus is on Manny Pacquiao. "Let's make it happen," he said of the fight that has been more than five years in the making.
Mayweather's words will be a huge blow to Khan, who has long lobbied for a fight against the American superstar and is convinced that he deserves the big-money fight.
"The Mayweather fight, I think, definitely should happen," Khan said in an interview with Boxing Scene. "I have proven myself not once, but twice."
Khan believes his victories over Alexander and Luis Collazo earlier this year are enough to prove that he can give Mayweather a test, as he vowed to continue to work hard.
"I still have to spend more time in the gym. All of this time before, I didn't spend in the gym," he admitted. "I used to cheat myself."
"By spending more time in the gym, you can see in my last two performances under Virgil Hunter that I am more dedicated," he added "I am only learning more and getting better."
Khan has already been passed over for a Mayweather fight once, when the American chose Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana over the Briton last May.