Floyd Mayweather should fight Amir Khan for this reason‏

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Floyd Mayweather teased the boxing world this week when he hinted his desire for a Wembley showdown against Amir Khan.

The pound for pound king spoke about how he would love to fight in the UK before he retires, and he praised the quality of Khan.

Such a fight between two of the most explosive fighters of this century would be a box office blockbuster beyond proportion.

Pay-per-view subscriptions would go through the roof for a battle as prestigious as Mayweather v Khan. But does Floyd really need to go through with such a fight?

We have to remember that Amir has the fastest hands in boxing, and on his day he can beat any fighter in the world. But also, he can lose spectacularly even when he's dominating, which would make this fight even more interesting.

The reason why Mayweather needs to fight Khan is not necessarily for the riches it would bring him and the entertainment it would provide for his fans. The reason to fight is to cement his legacy.

Now a fight in Las Vegas against Khan wouldn't necessarily do this, but if Mayweather actually fought in the UK at Wembley Stadium, that would be a whole different and compelling story.

Quite often, big champions defend their titles on their own terms and never give an inch as they look to hold the advantage from the moment a fight is announced until when the referee holds the winners arm aloft.

But if Mayweather came to the UK, as he's mentioned, and fought Khan at Wembley, he would naturally be the man at a disadvantage.

A partisan crowd would appreciate Mayweather but want Khan to beat him. It could even be hostile because of Floyd's destruction of England hero Ricky Hatton many moons ago now.

And this scenario for Mayweather would give him the opportunity to lift his star to an even greater stratosphere.

The 37-year-old is a legend in boxing in what is known as the Mayweather era, but with this fight he could gain immortality beyond doubt.

While it still looks like Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will never fight, the closest the pound for pound king could come to gaining even more plaudits is with a win against Khan on the road.

And boy would we love to watch it unfold.

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