Boxing is a business. Getting into peak physical condition is only half the battle, a boxer also has to sell a fight to the fans and ensure he's paid handsomely for his efforts in the process.
Muhammed Ali was the best at both. He would never stop running his mouth to get the fights he wanted, he would annoy them so much the only way they could get him to stop was to fight him. The all-time great then had the skills to back up his claims once the bell bent, the perfect match of ego and education.
In today’s world Amir Khan is trying to follow that path, attempting once more to get the biggest fight of his career by fighting Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather fight still out of reach?
Mayweather is close to calling it a day on his undefeated boxing career. As it draws near an end the fight everyone wanted, although a few years too late, against Manny Pacquiao is edging closer and closer.
Both fighters have been regarded as the best pound for pound fighters of modern times, and finally both fighters are set to agree on terms.
Yet there is Khan in the background making a lot of noise trying to get the attention of Mayweather, the popular boy in school searching for attention from his peers.
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Khan call-out likely to fall on deaf ears
The British fighter has come out over the last week and called out Mayweather to negotiate and has even made a video taunting the undefeated boxer.
Mayweather entertained the thought of fighting Khan last year but chose Marcos Maidana instead, which hurt Khan as he thought he was in line for the fight and stalled his own career in the hope of making it happen.
With Pacquiao and Mayweather ready to do battle in May, it looks as if Khan won’t get his wish of fighting Mayweather. But the former Olympian can't allow his own path to be halted once again, there's still big fights to chase and a legacy to be carved out in 2015.