Numerous media outlets have reported that Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) will scrap the 36-year-old Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) on May 3.
“It’s the fight I’ve always been after and we’re very close now, not too far away,” said Khan, 26, who became one of the most youthful British world champs ever at the age of 22. “Hopefully something is going to be announced within the next couple of weeks.”
Khan was once tentatively slated to face IBF welterweight titlist Devon Alexander earlier this month at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn.
However, Khan decided to bypass Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs) and instead focus on a potential match against Mayweather.
“King Khan” most recently exited the squared circle in April after outscoring Mexican Julio Diaz.
Flattened by a left hook in the fourth and staggered by the same punch in the eighth, 10th and 11th rounds, Khan was lucky to escape without losing to the 33-year-old Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KOs).
Regardless, the brittle bloke isn’t concerned that, by May, he will have been inactive for 13 months.
“The break has been so good for me because, over the last few years, I’ve been training or fighting all the time and this time I’ve been focusing on building my relationship with (trainer Virgil Hunter),” said Khan. “Next time I go into camp, I’m going to know exactly what I’m doing with him. I’ve already been working on correcting the mistakes I’ve made in the past. So, you’re only going to see an improvement.”
Comparatively, in a masterful showing, Mayweather earned a majority decision over talented bruiser Saul Alvarez on September 14 to gain the WBC light middleweight crown.
Although the 23-year-old Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) didn’t perform poorly and consistently forced the action, Mayweather landed flush shots for 36 minutes that flustered and slowed the youngster.
Destined to equal Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 mark and retire as an unbeaten titleholder, Mayweather’s a defensive virtuoso and one of the premier prizefighters in history.
In stark contrast to The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, “King Khan” is simply an overrated chandelier.
Ultimately, Khan’s a middling boxer who has no chance to trump Mayweather.
Still, Amir Khan is clearly “very close now, not too far away,” to getting embarrassed by Floyd Mayweather in the springtime.by