by Rick Reeno
Freddie Roach, trainer of WBA 140-pound champion Amir Khan, wants his boxer to clean out the junior welterweight division, and then move up to welterweight to face Floyd Mayweather Jr.
During the last few weeks, there has been a lot of discussion regarding a possible fight between Khan and Mayweather in 2012. On Saturday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Khan is facing IBF champion Zab Judah. If Khan defeats Judah, then Roach wants to target a fight with WBC/WBO champion Timothy Bradley.
"We still have one more guy that we want to fight in the 140-pound division, Bradley. I'd rather clean this division out, unify the titles and then move up," Roach told BoxingScene.com.
Bradley was the original target for this Saturday's event. After weeks of negotiations, Bradley rejected a lucrative deal to face Khan. Based on the recent turn of events, Bradley could be facing an extended stay on the sidelines. The boxer is involved in a legal battle with his co-promoters Gary Shaw and Ken Thompson.
"Mayweathers, Bradleys.....why do they talk so much but they don't sign any contracts? It's amazing to me. We need the best to fight the best and I think I would love to see that [fight]. Hopefully it happens," Roach said.