Khan still keen on Mayweather bout

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Published: Sunday 3rd May 2015 by The News Editor

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Amir Khan announced he was ready to take on Floyd Mayweather after watching the American’s victory over Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Mayweather preserved his unbeaten record with a unanimous points triumph over Pacquiao in their welterweight unification showdown after the judges awarded him the 48th win of his career with scorecards of 118-110 116-112 116-112.

Mayweather said after the fight that he would only get in the ring once more – in September – and Khan believes he will be the 38-year-old’s final opponent.

“I think the fight is there,” Khan told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme.

“I spoke to Len Ellerbe, his manager, I saw him in the media room and he came over to say ‘hi…he’s ready when you are’.

“I think Mayweather’s team are wanting the fight. But then – on the other hand – I’ve even spoken to Manny’s team and they said the same thing. (They said), ‘Look Amir, I think it’d be good to have the fight between you and Manny next’.

“So, I’m in a position where I could fight either guy but I think Mayweather’s the one I want, because I really believe I have his number.”

The 28-year-old from Bolton returns to New York later this month to take on Chris Algieri on May 29, but he hopes to get a meeting with Mayweather set up for later this year or in 2016.

He added: “Before anything I have Chris Algieri to take care of. But I’m ready for whatever Mayweather wants.

“It just depends on my schedule this year, but if we could do this year or maybe early next year I will definitely jump to it.”

And Khan, at 10 years his junior, is confident he would more than match Mayweather.

He said: “I think it would be an amazing fight, one that boxing fans all around are talking about because I really believe size is a big factor between me and him and the speed and the power as well.

“I really believe I have his number.

“Financially they know it’ll be a big fight and it’ll be an exciting fight and I think a lot of people thought this fight between Manny and Mayweather would be very exciting, but it seemed to be a one-paced fight.

“They need someone young to fight, like myself, to come on board and maybe push Mayweather and stick him in the trenches and to also not show that respect, and I think my size would be the biggest factor.

“It’s all about just sitting my advisor down with Mayweather’s advisor, sitting down with the teams and hopefully we can get something scheduled.”

Published: Sunday 3rd May 2015 by The News Editor

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