WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is considering a future bout with British boxer Amir Khan, despite opting to fight Marcos Maidana instead on May 3, it has been revealed.
Khan was hoping - and expecting - to secure a big-money fight with the pound-for-pound king in Las Vegas, but was told in February that he had been snubbed in favour of Argentina’s Maidana, who recorded a surprise victory over the previously undefeated three-time world champion Adrien Broner in December.
Khan, who rejected the chance to take on Devon Alexander in November with the Mayweather fight in mind, subsequently criticised the undefeated champion for “wasting my time”.
However, the two have patched things up since, with Mayweather even telling Khan that a future fight will happen. And according to Stephen Espinoza, head of Showtime Sports, the 37-year-old does indeed intend on fighting the Brit at a later date.
“Floyd spent a lot of time ruminating, going back and forth,” Espinoza was quoted as saying by the Telegraph. “It was a tough decision [for Mayweather] to pick Marcos Maidana. From Showtime Sports’ perspective, both options would be interesting fights.
“Floyd recognises that choosing the opponent for May 3 was not straightforward, and he’s definitely considering Amir Khan for the future.”
Khan will still fight on the night on May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas - albeit against former welterweight world champion Luis Collazo on an undercard Espinoza describes as “the most expensive” in history.
Khan hopes that his chances of fighting Mayweather will increase by being around Mayweather on his fight against Maidana - a fight Mayweather is expected to win comfortably.