Khan Wants Mayweather After Aug. 26
Boxing icon Floyd Mayweather has come out of retirement to take on UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor, as Mayweather attempts to move to 50-0. Amir Khan, who missed out on facing Mayweather twice, says he wants to fight him after he is through with McGregor.
For years, the possibility of a collision between Mayweather and Khan has always been there. Khan was a potential opponent for Mayweather in 2014 and 2015, before Mayweather squared up against Marcos Maidana and Andre Berto, respectively, before Mayweather announced his second retirement following the Berto fight.
But now that Mayweather has come out of retirement for the crossover superfight with a UFC superstar in McGregor, Khan says he believes the chances to fight Mayweather are real once again after the fight on Aug. 26.
"When he beats McGregor, which I think he will, that fight can still be there. It really can happen," Khan told Reuters. "There’s still some big fights out there for me, Mayweather, [and Manny] Pacquiao."
Khan added that while he does not think that McGregor has a chance to beat Mayweather, he gives massive props to the UFC champion for having the guts to step into the ring. Khan adds that despite many in the boxing community criticizing this fight for happening, he says that it’s all in the name of good business.
"It’s a business fight, one. Two, what’s going to happen now is it’s between boxing and MMA," Khan said. "At the moment, MMA and UFC is doing so many great numbers on TV, on pay-per-view. Boxing is doing OK but it took little bit of a dip. We are not getting the good pay-per-view numbers we used to. For now to combine both sports together is going to be great for the sport of boxing [more] than MMA.
"We hit a wall and we didn’t really do anything. Boxing never moved forward around the world, whereas MMA kept moving forward and got bigger and bigger and bigger. Boxing kind of stalled in my opinion and we needed something like this.
"You have to respect everybody that goes into the ring, you have to respect everybody who puts the gloves on. You have to fight in front of millions… not easy."