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Khan, Roach Turn Attention To Mayweather Clash in 2012

Amir Khan wants to face Floyd Mayweather in the next 12 months. The 24-year-old light-welterweight world champion says he will be ready to take him on a year down the line, when he has moved up a division. Khan defends his WBA and IBF titles against Lamont Peterson on December 10th, live on HBO and Sky Sports HD, but has begun the countdown to that by calling out the man many consider the best fighter on the planet.

A long-awaited showdown between his stablemate Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather is the talk of boxing but the boy from Bolton, who turns 25 two days before the Peterson clash, would have no hesitation in beating the Filipino to the richest prize in the sport.

But Khan, who has lost just once in 27 professional fights and is a two-weight world champion, believes he can spring a major surprise and end 'Money's' proud unbeaten record.

"A Mayweather fight, you know that fight can happen within the next nine to twelve months," Khan said to Sky Sports. "It's a fight that I want, it's a fight that the public want - it's a public demand fight and also boxing fans would love to see that fight instead of Mayweather fighting someone they know he'd beat.

"Against me Mayweather will have problems and it will be a tough fight for him. By the time that fight will come I'll be 25 - I'll be more mature, more stronger, more experienced. It'll be a perfect time for me."

Khan's claims were backed up by trainer Freddie Roach, just days after Pacquiao disappointed against Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pac-Man was given a controversial majority decision and the trainer admitted afterwards that he does struggle to handle cute counter-punchers like the Mexican and Mayweather. But Roach is in no doubt that Khan has the speed and power to prevail if the fight is made at welterweight.

"That would be a great fight for us," he said. "I would love that fight next if he moves up to 147 because I think Amir at 147 will be bigger, stronger and more resilient than ever and I love that fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sunnydee on 11-17-2011

[QUOTE=flint;11429156]khans helping pacquioa to duck mayweather[/QUOTE] Khan is out for himself. No loyalty towards Pacquiao. He wants him to retire already so he can be #1 in Wildcard. I'm interested in a Pacquiao Khan fight so that Pacquiao shut him…

Comment by micky1971 on 11-17-2011

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;11433519]Nah, he doesn't need to beat " [I]english fighters first[/I] ". He is past the point where he has to prove himself domestically before leaping onto the world stage. He has actually already done that, in a round-a-bout kind of…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 11-16-2011

[QUOTE=micky1971;11431674]oh please fellahs...please, i cant stand khan i admit but, he has matured well as a fighter. however, he still has to beat english fighters first. kell brook,kev mitchell etc.. a rematch with maidana or possibly a match with ortiz…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 11-16-2011

[QUOTE=Rome-By-Ko;11430400][B]Khan might need a few(one or two)fights at WW[/B] before he is ready for May tbh..But I see [B]Khan's height and speed[/B] giving May more trouble then Pac boxing stance and fast hands..But Khan and Bradley should mix it up,then…

Comment by The Gambler1981 on 11-16-2011

[QUOTE=The_Bringer;11433295]He'll realize what he's in for as the bell sounds to end the first round, that's for sure. :lol1: I just find this whole situation to be pathetic on Team Pacquiao's part. If you don't want to fight the guy,…

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