Khan: Al Haymon ‘Helps’ with Mayweather Sweepstakes

By Ryan Maquiñana

When Floyd Mayweather tabbed Marcos Maidana over Amir Khan as his May 3 opponent, speculation arose that the Argentine secured the fight because he had signed with Mayweather’s adviser, Al Haymon.

Now that Khan subsequently reached a deal with Haymon after the fact, does the move lift the last barrier outside the ring preventing the British star from securing a pay-per-view clash with Mayweather?

“I think it helps, but the thing is with Al Haymon that we hooked up with him is because we don’t have an adviser in America,” Khan told

Khan, who still calls Bolton, England, his home, outlined his reasons for his new alliance with Haymon, who is notorious for choosing to remain incognito in public but is renowned as one of the true power brokers in the sport.

“I think now getting towards the bigger fights, you need someone here who’s on top of your opponents that you want to fight, and who can keep up with the TV networks as well for you, and who can advise me and manage my whole career in America,” Khan said.

Khan, who fights Luis Collazo (another Haymon client) on Saturday with the winner undoubtedly entering the thick of the Mayweather sweepstakes, feels comfortable with the newest member of his team.

“We live in England, and it’s so far away. I mean, it takes so much time flying back and forth, so I’ve decided to get someone in America. I’ve looked in the past where so many fighters are with Al Haymon, and I’ve never seen any of them say anything bad about him, so he must be doing something right.

“As long as the managers are looking after the fighters, that’s what you want. So I need someone to look after me so I can focus and take my mind off the outside (aspects) of boxing, and I can focus on boxing.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by radiotracer on 05-02-2014

Shaver, ellerbie, haymon, dlh are all pawns to mayweather. Floyd will fight who he wants to fight maybe with advice from sr and uncle. These guys are just cheerleaders to whatever floyd says.

Comment by mrjoeblive on 05-02-2014

[QUOTE=SugaROIDS;14492971]There's Been a rumor that Al Haymon and Richard Schaefer are going to start a Boxing Promotion, if this true GBP and Top Rank days are counted.[/QUOTE] Like khan said, Haymon has all these clients and not 1 of them…

Comment by SugaROIDS on 05-02-2014

There's Been a rumor that Al Haymon and Richard Schaefer are going to start a Boxing Promotion, if this true GBP and Top Rank days are counted.

Comment by StrangerInTown on 05-02-2014

I guess we have to wait for The Godfather to get whacked before we see some real competition at 147.

Comment by Risen on 05-02-2014

The snake has bitten Amir too.

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