By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN has been told he could be just two fights away from facing Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The Bolton boxer shares the same promoter – Golden Boy – as American superstar Mayweather and a dream showdown for Khan is on the cards.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer says that despite Khan’s controversial points loss to Lamont Peterson in December, the Brit is still a potential opponent for Mayweather next year.
Khan, 25, bids to win back the WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles against Peterson in Las Vegas on May 19.
And Schaefer says victory will edge Khan closer to a mega-money clash with Mayweather, who faces Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto for the WBA light-middleweight title in one of 2012’s biggest bouts in Vegas on Saturday.
Khan will have to move up to welterweight for a shot at ‘Money’ Mayweather, who is still no nearer to agreeing terms with Filipino Manny Pacquiao on a showdown to decide the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer.
Schaefer is confident Khan will be make a comfortable transition to a third weight division – if he gets revenge over Peterson.
He said: “Assuming all goes well and he wins against Peterson, he then moves up to welterweight.
“But I am not so sure if the first fight will be against Floyd, because at that weight it may not be the smartest thing to do.
“In a perfect world, I’d like Amir to have one fight at that weight before fighting Mayweather – but if that fight presents itself we would discuss it.
“Amir is better than what we saw in most of the last fight with Peterson. His skill level is superior to any fighter with the exception of Mayweather.
“He is one of the most talented and skilled fighters but he needs to apply those skills.
Unbeaten Mayweather, 35, starts a 90-day prison sentence after the fight on June 1 for a domestic violence charge.
To ensure he goes to prison in a good mood, the five-weight world champion has been doing yoga.
He said: “I’ve been thinking about doing yoga for about five years. I finally decided it was time to try it. I’m looking and feeling stronger.
“This fight won’t go the distance. He’s coming in for the kill and I’m going in there for the kill. This is boxing, this is the hurt business.”