By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR Khan wants to become the first fighter to defeat five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Khan will be rooting for the American ring legend when he climbs into the ring to face ‘Vicious’ Victor Ortiz in Las Vegas on Saturday.
And the reason is quite simple.
“I hope he wins – then he can face me and I will become the first man to beat him,” said Khan.
WBA and IBF world light-welterweight champion Khan will have his last fight in that weight division on December 10.
His likely opponent will be Lamont Peterson after both Erik Morales and Timothy Bradley refused to fight the Bolton bruiser.
Khan said: “My intention after that would be to have my first ever fight at welterweight and then face Mayweather.
“It would be a cracking fight, the fight the people want. I have never ducked a challenge – and Mayweather is the kind of challenge I want.”
The fight is already pencilled in, but Khan still harbours doubts about whether Mayweather will go through with it.
He said: “I think he is still ducking me, running scared if you like. I think he has seen something in my armoury that worries him.
“He knows I have the speed and accuracy and a very good boxing brain. Plus, he knows that I have a great trainer in Freddie Roach.”
Khan is backing Mayweather, who has won all of his 41 bouts, to successfully defend his WBC welterweight belt against Ortiz.
He said: “I think it will be one-sided and can see Ortiz either quitting on his stool or the fight being stopped around the ninth or 10th round.”
KHAN will be one of the experts covering the fight on Primetime TV (Channel 480 on Sky, Virgin On Demand and online for £14.95). Ring 0871 200 4444 or visit www.primetimelive.co.uk
Before the fight, Khan will be at the London Hilton Metropole Hotel supporting Islamic Help at their fund-raising dinner for famine-hit Somalia.