By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
FLOYD MAYWEATHER'S decision to KO Amir Khan's dream of a megabucks fight next month is a blessing in disguise.
That's the firm view of Khan's trainer Virgil Hunter who believes that his fighter will be in a position to actually beat the American when they eventually meet next year.
Superstar Mayweather has chosen Marcos Maidana as his next opponent in Las Vegas a week on Saturday instead of facing Khan, who will fight Luis Collazo on the undercard.
Hunter said: "I feel not getting the fight was a blessing in disguise because I believe Amir will eventually get that fight.
"And, when that time comes, he will be much more ready to win that fight. I believe Floyd Mayweather will fight Amir Khan next year.
"By then, Amir will have another couple of fights and two or three more training camps. Having that advantage will make it more dangerous for Floyd."
Khan's hopes of a fight with Mayweather have improved with the Bolton fighter teaming up with Al Haymon, who is also an advisor to the American.
The 37-year-old Mayweather is unbeaten in 45 professional fights and the five-division champion has won eight world titles.
But Hunter is convinced that Khan, 27, can topple him and said: "Amir is getting better all the time and I see a lot of progress that he has made.
"Anyone who writes him off is crazy because his ability is such that, if he brings everything together, he can beat him.
"He is competitive and dangerous for anybody - I don't care who they are. If he can continue to grow and mature and keep following the steps we have laid out for him, I expect him to be successful."
Khan will be making his welterweight debut against Collazo.
He has not fought since a unanimous points win over Julio Diaz in Sheffield last April.
But, despite his lengthy absence, Hunter believes that there will be no ring rust when Khan meets Collazo.
He said: "He has taken a year off and has really rested himself. He has rejuvenated his body and is looking in great shape.
"If we can get the best Amir Khan in the ring then everyone will be astounded at what he can do."