Amir Khan has reiterated his desire to face Floyd Mayweather after recording a unanimous decision win over Chris Algieri in New York.
The British fighter successfully defended his WBC silver welterweight title against determined American opposition at Barclays Center, with two judges scoring the contest at 117-111, and a third slightly closer at 115-113 in the winner’s favour.
Although there is obviously an appetite for a domestic showdown with IBF champion Kell Brook in future, most of the talk before Khan’s latest fight surrounded a potential meeting with Mayweather or indeed the recently defeated Manny Pacquiao.
The former Olympic silver medallist, noted for his rapid speed and quick hands, has made little secret of his desire to face either of those men in the recent past and once again honed in on a lucrative bout with Mayweather, having successfully avoided any unlikely slip-ups against Algieri to record a fifth consecutive win.
“Amir Khan wants to fight Floyd Mayweather,” he confirmed to the crowd in Brooklyn.
“I want that next. I’m number one World Boxing Council (challenger). He’s the champion. So let’s make it happen.”
Khan’s appetite for Mayweather is unmistakeable. However, whether the latter would be willing to take on the challenge is another matter entirely.
Having outclassed Pacquiao in the so-called ‘Fight of the Century’ in Las Vegas earlier in May, the 11-time world champion has one fight remaining as part of his contract with TV network Showtime and is likely to retire after that bar a late change of heart.
An opponent has yet to be confirmed for that scheduled bout, but it seems rather questionable that Mayweather would want to risk enduring any more real threats to his unbeaten legacy having already left his status as the pound-for-pound king in no doubt whatsoever.
If indeed he does decide to grant such an opportunity, it appears a September date would be workable after Khan had previously expressed concerns over a possible conflict with Ramadan.