Floyd Mayweather Next Fight: Wants Amir Khan as Opposed to Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants to fight Amir Khan, not Manny Pacquiao, he said this week after his father claimed that a Mayweather vs Pacquiao bout is “definitely going to happen.”
The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has long been rumored abut still hasn’t happened, but Mayweather Sr. sounded confident that the fight will take place.
“That fight’s gonna happen. Trust me. That fight’s definitely gonna happen,” he emphasized to Fight Hype.
“It’s a fight for the world, man, right there. It’s the biggest fight that has ever been in life, so like I said man, that fight’s gonna happen. I’ma tell you right now, he never told me the fight’s gonna happen, but I’ma tell you, the fight’s gonna happen. You mark my words and we’ll see.”
But Mayweather Jr., also known as “Money,” says that his dad is mistaken.
“Well my father is totally wrong,” he told Fight Hype on Thursday.
“Like I said before, we have people constantly being removed from the Mayweather Promotions team, Team Mayweather, and we also have people being removed from The Money Team. I want my dad to be with my team, but if he continues to go out there and speak on things that he has no knowledge about without communicating with me, then I must get a new trainer.”
Mayweather, who noted that Pacquiao hasn’t had a KO for a while, made it sound like he wants to fight Khan next as opposed to Pacquiao.
“My Dad is desperate for me to take the Khan fight, he just wants me to shut the kid up and put him down,” Mayweather Jr. was quoted by the Daily Mail.
“My Dad doesn’t like fighters trash talking his son – but he knows as well as I do that if the fight happen–then I am going to punish him. If he thinks he can trash talk me and get away with it he needs to think again.”
“My Dad wants the fight, I want to put him on his backside, so hopefully we can make it happen,” he added.
“I have always said that nobody has any right just to get a fight with me. I am nobody’s pay day, I am nobody’s meal ticket. I take fights that I believe will test me, and will put on a good show for the fans. I ain’t ever taken a fight just because somebody has been running off their mouth. If Khan gets his fight – it will be because I think he deserves a shot.”
Khan has talked some trash recently to Mayweather, indicating that he believes he could take down Money. Khan was being considered for Floyd’s opponent in September but decided that the fight was too close to Ramadan, preventing him from fully training for it.
“I’ve told Floyd that and he assures me I’m still on his list,” Khan said.
Khan, 27, believes that his style would cause Mayweather, 37, “a lot of trouble,” reported BBC at the time.
“He is getting older and showing a lot of mistakes that he didn’t used to do. It is a great time to catch him,” he said. “Floyd looks beatable. A lot of people want the fight now because they want a young lion to come up and they want to see him get beat. I think the only person who has the chance to do that is me.”
Mayweather’s two bouts in 2015 will likely be in May and September.
Paulie Malignaggi, an Italian-American boxer, also believes that Mayweather would have a tough time with Khan.
“Amir’s ability to fight at range makes him difficult to deal with. Styles make fights, you know, and Amir is a kind of guy who knows how to win rounds. Floyd is a kind of guy who knows how to win rounds. They’re both round-winning kind of fighters; they’re not search-and-destroy kind of fighters, you know, so that kind of style, head to head, is going to be two guys trying to win rounds,” he told Fight Hype.
“And I feel like Floyd would be at a disadvantage trying to win those rounds against Amir. Amir pushes the pace, he’s got a weird, funky rhythm, he’s long, he’s lanky, he changes range really fast, and if you don’t have your legs 100% under you, it’s difficult to keep up. Stylistically, I think it’s a very tough fight.”