Amir Khan handed big boost in bid to be Floyd Mayweather's final opponent

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With under three months to go until Floyd Mayweather's final fight as a professional boxer is likely to take place, British rival Amir Khan's chances of serving as his opponent appeared to be at an all-time low.

The Bolton-born fighter has been angling for a shot at Mayweather for a good couple of years, but his chances looked to be fading fast in recent times what with the U.S. boxer's apparent preference for a lesser opponent who would allow him to extend his undefeated status into retirement.

Back in the frame?

Now, though, a new report has thrown Amir Khan's name back into the hat - naming a potential date for the bout in the process.

Los Angeles Times reporter Lance Pugmire was the man with the update:

Khan fans will be delighted to hear his name back in the discussion, especially considering Mayweather's recent comments to reporters which left out his name entirely when talking about the September fight.

The update comes with Khan once again ramping up the pressure on Mayweather to agree to a fight, the Englishman telling Sky Sports this week that  the veteran was risking "diluting his legacy" if he opted for the easy option for his final bout.

Mayweather's motivation

The two options mentioned by Pugmire, Khan or Andre Berto, represent two very different kind of fights for Floyd Mayweather and a lot must now depend on what his motivations are heading into fight number 49.

Berto would certainly offer an easier night of it should he get the chance to go toe-to-toe with Mayweather in Las Vegas. Berto's star has been waning since a 2011 defeat to Victor Ortiz and with three losses in his last six fights he is hardly a man who will  push Mayweather to the limits, or draw the intrigue of the masses.

Amir Khan, on the other hand, has the potential to reignite excitement in Mayweather's swansong following the latter's disappointingly routine victory over Manny Pacquiao. The purse would certainly be bigger if the Brit was the chosen man.

His speed, however, is thought to worry the Mayweather camp and it might be his potential as a worth opponent that could ultimately see the Money team opt for a September 12th fight against Berto.

That final decision still looks to be some way off but at least Khan can take solace in being back in with a shout.

Boxing fans: Who do you want to see Floyd Mayweather fight? And who stands the best chance of beating him? Have your say in the comments below...

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