Amir Khan, the British boxer, claimed that he would have fought former undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather “for free.”
Speaking with TMZ, Khan said the fight “didn’t happen obviously,” and his team was “close to” making the fight with Mayweather. “To be honest with you … Floyd’s too scared to fight me. I honestly have to say that. I did everything to make that fight happen.”
“I even said I’ll fight him for free. I’ll fight him for nothing,” he said. “Just to show the world that I’m a better fighter.”
“No one in my division wants to fight me. Mayweather let me down, [Manny] Pacquiao let me down, Danny Garcia let me down,” he added. “So I’m in a position where people don’t want to fight me.”
“No one wants to fight me,” he said, adding there’s “a lot of politics.”
Khan is set to fight WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on May 7 in Las Vegas.
For his part, Mayweather recently stated that he has no desire to return to boxing.
“I didn’t go into the sport really focusing on breaking records, I got into the sport to display my skills. Rocky Marciano, what he did, he is a legendary champion and a great person. But I don’t want boxing to retire me. I wanted to retire from the sport with all of my faculties,” Mayweather said, according to BoxingScene.com. Both Marciano and Mayweather have 49-0 records.
He added: “Early on I was a huge power puncher, a knockout artist, but you have to learn to make adjustments. As I got older my body started to break down. Over half of my fights my body was not 100 per cent. I was using my B-game to beat a guy like [Berto in my last fight].”