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 Last update:  1/2/2014       Read more by Edward Chaykovsky         
   
Showtime VP Tips Khan's Fan Base in Mayweather Race
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By Edward Chaykovsky

Showtime Sports VP Stephen Espinoza credits the popularity of Amir Khan (28-3, 19KOs) as the driving force for his frontrunner position to land a shot at WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26KOs) on May 3rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Khan is reportedly the likely candidate to face Mayweather, but boxers like WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana are also under consideration. Everything is pointing to a Mayweather-Khan battle. Khan recently revealed that he signed his end of the bout agreement for the May 3 fight, while Maidana's team members have publically disclosed that nobody has reached out to them for a Mayweather fight. 

"There's no doubt that Amir has quite literally a worldwide fan base and a very demographically diverse fan base," Espinoza told CNBC, adding that among active boxers, Khan ranks second in total Twitter followers (after Mayweather). "That doesn't happen by accident," he said.

Khan also told the outlet that his worldwide popularity makes him a far more lucrative choice than Maidana or Danny Garcia.

 "You know the English love to travel for a fight, to watch a big fight," Khan told CNBC. "It's a great position I'm in, and I think it's great to have the following I have. If Floyd wants to be a superstar, he needs to face guys who have a big following, especially elsewhere in the world."

Tags: Amir Khan , Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Mayweather-Khan , Mayweather vs Khan


 

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comment by thack, on 01-04-2014
Yea really massive fan base! Just watch all the 'English faces ' coming off the planes ....NOT..massive CON ..1st ppv ever I will NOT buy, as one post said earlier Mayweather is leagues above Con but for taking the piss out of the public it would be fab to see him knocked out by Con with some fl...

comment by -=Shade=-, on 01-03-2014
[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll]So you're just going to completely ignore Khan UD 12 Maidana? Like it never happened?[/QUOTE] No. But if you dropped them in the ring today how long do you think Khan would last v Chino? If it happens in the next 2 years I'd bet Khan would be KOed by the end of the 6th....

comment by CJ_Ross, on 01-03-2014
...and i thought Pacman vs Bambam was a pointless match

comment by Sun Diego, on 01-03-2014
Haha what a fcking joke. Worst than Pac Rios. Oh well I can stream this fight too or wait till someone puts it up on YouTube.

comment by ADP02, on 01-03-2014
[QUOTE=LacedUp]When has Mayweather not made his decision based on income? Nothing new. Hopefully it will be a better fight than his previous fights and will end in a KO.[/QUOTE] ANSWER: Manny Pacquiao

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