Floyd Mayweather responds to Amir Khan saying Manny Pacquiao would be tougher

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Amir Khan has been angling for a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. for about two years, but he’s still waiting for his day. His latest comments on the matter were not exactly well-received by Floyd.

Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) has won three fights in a row since firing ex-trainer Freddie Roach after consecutive losses in 2012. In comments made to The Guardian earlier this month, Khan indicated he preferred a fight with Manny Pacquiao over Floyd because it would be tougher for him.

“Boxing is all about timing and Manny and Floyd are getting older,” Khan told The Guardian. “Someone has to take their place. Mayweather would be a very technical fight, like a game of chess. But I think Manny would be harder. He’s much more aggressive and it would be more intense. But with my trainer Virgil Hunter I’m a much better and more defensive fighter.”

One thing to keep in mind is that Khan said Pacquiao would be a tougher opponent for him, not that Pac-Man is a better overall fighter than Floyd. Boxing, like many other competitions, is about styles and matchups. Regardless of that context, Floyd didn’t care for Khan’s comments.

“I saw the comments where he thought Manny would give him a tougher fight than me. I have no response to that. I will just remind him of those comments after I have beaten him,” Mayweather said to the Daily Mail in response to Khan.

The good news is that Floyd is still considering Khan as a future opponent.

“He is an exciting young fighter – but I don’t just fight anybody – they have to prove themselves.

“If you ask me will the fight happen – then I would say yes. I hope next year – but these fights are always about timing.”

Mayweather is facing Marcos Maidana in a rematch next month while Pacquiao is taking on Chris Algieri in November. Khan doesn’t have another fight scheduled yet, but he could try something with Kell Brook next year before hoping to win the Pacquiao or Mayweather sweepstakes. Maybe one day one of those fights will happen.

Amir Khan rips Floyd Mayweather on Twitter for being full of s—

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Amir Khan is rightfully frustrated with Floyd Mayweather Jr., and he expressed his unhappiness with the undefeated champion in a tweet sent on Monday.

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Khan’s frustration with Floyd stems from Mayweather’s decision to choose Marcos Maidana for his May opponent. Mayweather had been negotiating with Khan for months and seemed like a near certainty to get the fight. He even pulled out of a December fight with Devon Alexander because he didn’t want to jeopardize his big pay day with Floyd. But Floyd never signed the contract and instead chose to fight Maidana, who beat Adrien Broner in December.

Not only did Floyd string Khan along for months, but he also ran a bogus poll on his website where he promised he would let the fans decide his next opponent. The fans chose Khan over Maidana, but Floyd still opted to fight Maidana.

Khan’s tweet about Floyd being full of it came after Khan initially rolled with the punches. With Floyd choosing Maidana, Khan said he would fight Broner next and wanted Floyd after that.

Floyd responded and said he would give Khan a fight if Khan beat Broner, which he said wouldn’t happen.

Broner badly wanted a rematch with Maidana, but Floyd stole his fight. Khan and Broner may not be headed for a fight anyhow, because it sounds like Broner wants to drop down to 140, while Khan wants to move up to 147.

Amir Khan waiting on Floyd Mayweather to sign contract for fight

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Amir Khan has been tabbed as the likely next opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr., and the Brit says he has even signed a contract for the fight. The only problem is he is waiting on Floyd to sign the deal.

“I am the one who signed the contract, I’ve signed my part of the contract, they’ve not signed theirs,” Khan told the Daily Mail. “If he wants to fight Amir Khan then he should sign it.”

Mayweather is scheduled to fight on May 3 in Las Vegas, but his opponent has not yet been announced.

Earlier this month, the Khan-Mayweather fight was said to be a done deal, with an announcement likely to come in the near future. It’s been weeks since then, making us wonder what’s going on.

In recent weeks, Floyd has been on a publicity campaign. He took a shot at Manny Pacquiao in his “Christmas card,” and then he took shots at Pac-Man, Khan and Marcos Maidana, all of whom are considered to be his potential opponents.

Is Floyd balking at signing his contract with Khan because he is exploring the possibilities of fighting Maidana or Manny? I think he is just waiting for the right time to sign the deal and make the announcement. All of his recent crap talking over social media has helped build some buzz around his next opponent, so it’s natural for him to make an announcement soon. I think the delay is just a matter of timing.

Floyd Mayweather jabs Manny Pacquiao, Marcos Maidana and Amir Khan on Instagram

Let the Floyd Mayweather Jr. crap talking commence.

Mayweather (or whatever assistant runs his Instagram account) spent part of Christmas posting photos on Instagram mocking his potential opponents.

There was this photo of him knocking out Amir Khan.

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“Just imagine what Amir “Con Artist” will get if his name gets picked in the Mayweather sweepstakes,” the caption said.

Khan is likely to be Mayweather’s next opponent for his May fight.

Then there was this photo of him deckin Marcos Maidana in the face:

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Floyd Mayweather, Amir Khan likely to fight May 3

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Amir Khan are likely going to fight on May 3, and the official announcement could be made next week.

Khan has been reported to be Mayweather’s next opponent since October, but his team denied the rumors at the time. Khan pulled out of a Dec. 7 bout with Devon Alexander (he was replaced by Shawn Porter) which made it pretty obvious he was in line to fight Floyd.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated interviewed Khan this week about the potential fight with Floyd. Mannix tweeted the following:

BoxRec.com has also listed Mayweather’s next fight as May 3 in Las Vegas against Khan. Oddly, BoxRec removed that from his profile page late Wednesday night. They had stated the fight was subject to commission approval:

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Amir Khan to fight Floyd Mayweather? His team denies rumor

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Many signs point to Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KOs) in May next year, but the British fighter’s team has denied the rumor.

The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that Khan, who has long been rumored as a potential opponent for Mayweather, will face “Money” in Las Vegas on May 3.

The Daily Mail said the announcement was expected to be made official in the next few days and that Khan had pulled out of his December fight with Devon Alexander so that his payday with Mayweather wouldn’t be jeopardized. But Khan’s team denied the report.

“Team Khan would like to dispel recent reports that Amir Khan has pulled out of a potential match-up against Devon Alexander on December 7th, taking up a fight against Floyd Mayweather in May of next year instead,” his team said in a statement, per The Telegraph.

“Contrary to this story, Amir Khan is currently in training camp in San Francisco with the aim of fighting again in December against Alexander once an agreement can be reached.”

Khan’s team has denied the report, but Mayweather’s hasn’t.

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Boxer Amir Khan fights off thieves trying to steal his Range Rover

A bunch of thieves picked the wrong car to try to steal.

Boxer Amir Khan and his brother, Haroon, who is also a boxer, beat up the blokes who were trying to steal his expensive SUV.

The brothers were in Birmingham, England, for a gig and returning to their car after a night out on Sunday when they were confronted by at least six thieves.

Here’s how an onlooker described the scene to The Sun:

“They parked their car in front of the Range Rover. At least one had a cosh. One slapped Amir and clipped him on the lip but Amir pulled back and knocked him out cold. Then five of them went for Amir and Haroon — but they stood their ground and these guys got dropped one by one.”

We’ve seen this sort of thing with professional fighters defeating thieves numerous times in the past, and it never gets old.

Khan is 26-3 and set to face Carlos Molina Dec. 15 in Los Angeles. This will be his first fight since he dumped Freddie Roach as his trainer. At least he got in a nice sparring session for practice.

Photo of Khan and his brother in the car via Khan’s Twitter