By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN has told Floyd Mayweather Jr. he is running out of excuses to avoid him.
The Bolton welterweight believes if he can shine against Chris Algieri on Friday then the American will not be able to turn down a September clash.
But he knows a bad performance is just what Mayweather’s camp want so they can say no yet again.
Khan, 28, has been chasing a shot at the pound-for-pound king for two years as he prepares to face American welterweight Algieri in New York this week.
But he has found Mayweather as allusive outside the ring as he is inside as the undefeated fighter opted for two fights with Marcos Maidana before facing Manny Pacquiao earlier this month.
Khan has the same advisor as Mayweather – Al Haymon – and believes he has done everything he has been asked of to secure the money-spinning clash.
He said: “They are hoping I have a bad performance. They are waiting for a bad fight from me, so they can turn round and say 'we knew you were not good enough'.
“So everyone they put to me, I've answered all the questions. I've beaten them in good fashion.
“So I think this is their last hope now.
“They're thinking Chris Algieri has a style which doesn't make people look good. Maybe with Amir Khan they're hoping, he might cause me a few problems and make the fight look messy.
“Then they can say 'you're fight wasn't good enough to fight Mayweather next'.
“That's the way they are thinking because deep down they don't want the fight.”
Khan is hoping Mayweather will have his last fight in mid-September so that it gives him enough time to get into shape after fasting for Ramadan, which ends in July this year.
Mayweather’s father – Floyd Sr – even said facing Khan would be “easy” after the Pacquiao win.
But Khan revealed the trainer told him in the past he will be the first man to beat his son, who has never lost in 48 professional fights.
He said: “Deep down it's just them telling themselves that it would be an easy fight because deep down they know it would probably be the toughest fight he will have in his career.
“They are just trying to fool themselves by saying these things. They know it will be a tough fight and they never talk about any fighter like this who they are not fighting.
“If they think it is an easy fight, which they know will bring them a lot of money from the UK and around the world, then so why not take it?
“I would cause him big problems. Floyd Senior has every respect for me.
“When he trained me one time, he said 'you'll be the guy to beat my son'. Now he's turning around and saying I would be no contest for his son, I'm no good.
“I'm really fed up with it. Have we ever heard them talk so much about any other fighter?
“The only time they speak about any other fighter is when they fight the guy or sign the contract. With me, they are saying it even before we've signed a contract.
But with Mayweather claiming he will retire after his September outing, Khan knows he has to take his chance now if it comes.
He added: “This will be my last chance.
“I've done everything I've been asked to do and what he's asked me to do. I've had a few fights at 147 and proved myself.
“If it doesn't happen in September, then I don't think it will ever happen. I'm not even going to get my hopes up for September, I'm just going to stay focused on Chris Algieri.
“I need to look good in this fight. Anything can happen in this fight. Everyone can have good or bad days and I just need to make sure I have a good day.
“If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't then there are other fights out there.”
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