By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
FLOYD MAYWEATHER could be targeting Amir Khan after taking care of business against Miguel Cotto.
‘Money’ Mayweather challenges the Puerto Rican WBA world light-middleweight champion at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas tonight.
He will then cross the Strip in two weeks to be ringside at Mandalay Bay, spying on Khan, who will attempt to regain the IBF and WBA crowns from Lamont Peterson, who controversially out-pointed him back in December.
Mayweather has won all of his 42 professional fights and said: “Right now, I am focused on Cotto, but I have one eye on Amir and can’t wait to see his rematch against Lamont.”
Both fighters are promoted by Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy company and the bout could be made quite easily, even though Mayweather will start a 90-day jail term next month for assault.
The proposed fight would generate huge TV revenue both sides of the Atlantic.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said: “Floyd against Amir is a fight we are looking at, but perhaps it would be best if Khan had two fights at welterweight.
“But you never know. If Amir looks sensational against Lamont Peterson, it could happen this year.”
The company’s president De la Hoya added: “Amir has a very difficult fight against Peterson in front of him.
“I will say more after Amir fights Peterson. If Amir wins, he’s in line to face the best, like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd.”
Mayweather’s clash against Cotto is doing colossal business, with US pay-per-view sales expected to hit around £60m.
In their long careers, the pair have become multi-millionaires, with their combined pay-per-view fights grossing £400m.
If Cotto loses his crown, he will be in danger of becoming a stepping stone for boxers like Saul Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Mayweather, 35, added: “Just because Cotto is not Floyd Mayweather doesn’t mean he is not a good fighter.
“He must be doing something right, but I am too agile and quick.
“He is not going to be able to outfight me. Just look at him. He cuts, swells and his eyes close. He is a bleeder, I am not. If you have cut before, you will cut again.”
PREDICTION: Cotto is brave and tough, but Mayweather is a cut above and will win on points.
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