By Ollie Salt, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN has hit back at Carl Froch after the latter accused him of returning to boxing for a pay cheque.
Khan survived a huge scare in Birmingham on Saturday night, climbing off the canvas to beat 10/1 outsider Samuel Vargas on points.
The former unified junior welterweight champion was returning to 147 lbs for the first time in three years.
Despite a shaky performance, the 31-year-old got the job done in the end and was quick to call out WBA champion Manny Pacquiao once his hand was raised in a unanimous victory.
But former super-middleweight chief Froch, speaking to IFL TV, has claimed Khan is only coming back for a pay cheque - which the Bolton man has taken clear offence to.
“Listen, on a serious note, I’ve got more money than Carl Froch,” Khan told IFL TV.
“And that’s a serious note mate. I’m telling you, I’ve made a lot more money than him. I’ve been very successful in the sport of boxing, I’m not coming back for the pay cheques. I want the biggest fights.
“When a fighter says that I’m coming back for the pay cheque, that is wrong. I think that’s just b*******s. I’m not doing it for the money. I’m doing it for the love of the sport.
“If it was all about a pay cheque, I would have probably taken the Kell Brook fight straight away because I know that’s a massive pay cheque.
“But I want to regroup my career again, get back on winning ways again and then take the right fights when I think it’s the right time.”
As Khan mentions, a showdown with fellow Brit Kell Brook is another option for his next bout.
Brook, who held the IBF welterweight title from 2014-17, has long seeked a domestic dust-up with Khan.
Yet the latter insists a clash with Pacquiao remains top of his agenda.
“Anyone in the world would want a Manny Pacquiao name on their resumé to say ‘I beat Manny Pacquiao’,” he said.
“I’m in a position where I’m the same weight as Manny Pacquiao, he’s looking for a fight, I’m looking for a fight. Let’s make the fight happen.
“Whenever I fight it’s a global event. The thing with the Pacquiao fight is it’s a massive fight because he’s a massive global name as well as myself. So that fight globally is bigger.”