Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather has given Amir Khan a glimmer of hope in securing the mega-fight that he so desperately craves, after the American stated that he wants to fight at Wembley Stadium, according to reports.
Following the awe-inspiring 80,000 capacity crowd that turned up to enjoy Carl Froch defeat George Groves on Saturday in the biggest fight held on British shores for four decades, Mayweather has expressed his desire to fight in the UK.
The unbeaten welterweight is set to fight in September, but has given Khan and English boxing fans something to get excited about by stating that he plans to put on a good show at Wembley before he hangs up his gloves.
"It's been a goal to come to the UK and put on a spectacular event and the plan is to do just that," he told The Sun.
"I love all my fans in the UK and I want to go there and give a good show at Wembley before I retire. I plan to come in the near future.
"I want to continue to make history with the mega events we put on."
The 37-year-old welterweight would certainly be able to generate a massive audience in the UK, especially in a showdown with Khan, who he has apparently been trying to dodge in recent weeks.
Mayweather is currently three fights into his six-bout Showtime Television contract and has been talking up the possibility of a rematch against Marcos Maidana later this year.
He has 46 professional wins and 26 knockouts, but he knows that Khan is a dangerous opponent and possesses the speed and ability to truly threaten his legacy, even if he won’t admit it.
"I respect Amir Khan as a professional and he's supposed to believe in himself," he said.
"But for me, 46 men have tried to beat me and 46 have failed. No one has the formula to beat me.
"The Floyd Mayweather brand is globally recognised. The warm welcome over there in UK is a good indicator of the magnitude of success a fight would have. We're looking forward to it in the future."
The American is a businessman and he would not take a fight with the 27-year-old unless he was confident that there was more for him to gain than to lose.
A sell-out fight at Wembley would be huge in terms of revenue and media interest, but is it worth diminishing his unbeaten record?
Khan is confident of beating the champ and claiming his world titles following his impressive victory against Luis Collazo on his welterweight debut last month in Las Vegas.
Although the former Olympic silver medallist is adamant that he wants to fight Mayweather in his back yard.
"It will be the biggest fight ever in Britain. Global interest would come to England and we'd sell out Wembley.
"I really want to bring this fight to the UK. I've fought all over the world and been top of bill but this would be so much bigger.
"They have done a fantastic job hyping Groves and Froch but this fight is on another level. Floyd is boxing. Britain would shut down. It would be like the World Cup final of boxing."
Khan has won 29 of his 33 professional contests and his unique boxing ability has seen him knockout 19 of those opponents.
He has the tools to be one of the best fighters in the world and a victory against the illustrious Mayweather would be a huge statement to the world of his talents.
But, as we have seen during Khan’s three defeats against Breidis Prescott, Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia he is susceptible to losing his head and going for the knockout, rather than using his technique and speed to out-box them.
However judging by his emphatic performance against Collazo, perhaps those reckless days are behind him and he is ready to dominate the sport for many years to come.
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