Mayweather says he’ll be watching the Khan-Alexander fight on Saturday
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr says he’ll be tuning in to watch Amir Khan’s fight against Devon Alexander this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather likes Khan’s confidence, but he also feels that he’s just another one of many fighters that want to take him on. In other words, Mayweather isn’t committed to facing Khan if he wins the fight against Alexander.
To Mayweather, Khan is just another one of many fighters that is trying to get a shot at fighting him. He’s not sure who he’ll be fighting in the first part of 2015.
“I know Khan has been saying that if he beats Devon Alexander that he deserves a fight with me,” Mayweather said via the Dailymail.co.uk. “But if I gave a fight to every fighter out there who claimed he deserved one – I would be fighting into my 60’s.”
That doesn’t seem to promising if you’re Khan. Mayweather is basically saying that Khan is no different from the many other fighters that have been consistently calling him out. Mayweather isn’t saying that Khan has a higher place than the other guys that are looking to face him, even though Khan seems to think that a win over the 27-year-old Alexander will be putting him in a good position to get the fight.
“He [Khan] has been talking big,” Mayweather said. “Saying if he wins then he should be talked about in the same breath as me. I have not decided on my next fight yet – and nobody’s big words is going to affect my decision. All I will say is I will be watching Amir with interest on Saturday.”
It seems like Mayweather is saying that Khan should keep his mouth shut and wait until he’s been chosen rather than doing a lot of talking about the Mayweather fight, as if beating Alexander is the key to getting the bout.
It’s unknown if Khan came up with the idea that beating Alexander would get him the Mayweather fight or if this is some idea that was planted into his head by his adviser Al Haymon or his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions. Either way, Mayweather seems to be saying that Khan should focus on fighting rather than talking.
This would be a crushing blow to Khan’s dreams if he doesn’t get the fight with Mayweather in the first part of 2015, because Khan won’t be available to fight Mayweather in September of next year due to Khan having Ramadan. That takes Khan out of the loop for a Mayweather fight during that time. As such, unless Khan gets a fight against Mayweather in early 2015, it means that he won’t get a fight against him at all in 2015. Khan would then have to hope that Mayweather is still fighting in 2016 so that he can potentially get a fight against him in the first part of the year.
Khan may need to do a little waiting before he gets a fight against Mayweather. That’s good in a way because it’ll make the fight much bigger, especially if Khan beats some of the better welterweights in the division.