Amir Khan has fired a warning shot to WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather - explaining that he will feel forced to fight the pound-for-pound king on the spot if he turns up in Bolton next month wearing a Burnley Football Club jersey.
Khan is a big fan of his local team, Bolton Wanderers, whose bitter rivals are Burnley. The Brit is convinced Mayweather chose to visit Bolton as part of his UK tour in order to generate interest ahead of a potential fight against one of the town’s most famous sons.
However, the fight could happen sooner than expected if Mayweather purchases a Burnley shirt - albeit outside of the ring.
“Maybe he is coming here because he is looking at a fight with me in the future,” Khan is quoted as telling the Manchester Evening News. “Maybe he is just p***ing me off.
“It’s only two miles from where I live and sometimes I jog there and back. I think if he didn’t know me then I don’t think he’d have heard of Bolton.
“So there must be some interest there from him, but will he do it? I don’t know. If he turns up in a Burnley shirt I know he will have come to annoy me.
“I might end up having a fight with him there and then. I think he is just trying to get under my skin, really.”
Khan was left bitterly disappointed by Mayweather earlier this year, when the undefeated champion opted to fight Argentina’s Marcos Maidana and not the Brit. However, 37-year-old Mayweather has told Khan that he still intends to go head-to-head with him in the near future, while the chances of a big-money fight being organised increased following Khan’s victory over Luis Collazo earlier this month.