Welterweight contender and current lead candidate to land the Floyd Mayweather opponent slot on May 2, Amir Khan, has grown tired of waiting around and has now issued a deadline to the five-division world champ.
“I’ve given his team five days,” Khan told the UK”s Sportsmail over the weekend. “I need to know this week because I need to start training.”
The former junior welterweight world titlist feels as though he’s been jumping through hoops and passing all appropriate tests of worthiness, yet is no closer to landing the big-ticket PPV shot.
“I’ve answered all the things Mayweather wanted me to do,” Khan said. “He wanted me to fight at welterweight, I did that; he wanted to do a vote, I won the vote; he wanted me to beat a top guy in the division and I gave Devon Alexander a beating he’d never had before.
“There is a lot of money in a fight with me, not just in America, but he’s trying to avoid me. He’s avoiding two names in boxing, Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan.
“Mayweather wants to keep his ‘0’, he doesn’t want to take the big fights. If he’s not fighting the top guys but is fighting guys who are over the hill or not at their peak, he’s going to be undefeated.”
Meanwhile, Mayweather has yet to make any public statements regarding his May 2 opponent. Online rumors are swirling about alleged undercover talks with Top Rank about a clash with Manny Pacquiao, but no such talks have even been acknowledged by anyone from Team Mayweather as of yet.
If unable to land a Mayweather bout, Khan would like to fight Manny Pacquiao or, possibly, UK rival and IBF welterweight titlist Kell Brook, who is still recovering from a stab wound suffered while on vacation late last year.