By Edward Chaykovsky
British star Amir Khan (31-3, 19KOs) has brushed off reports on why Floyd Mayweather Jr. rejected him for a possible fight on September 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather's his team members have stated in interviews that Khan 'talked too much' and that cost him the opportunity. The frontrunner right now is Andre Berto, who shares the same trainer as Khan in Virgil Hunter. Khan is going to fight in the fall.
Khan says nobody from the Mayweather camp or his adviser Al Haymon (who also works with Mayweather) contacted him with any warning to stop talking in the press.
“That is false; no one from Mayweather’s team got in touch with me,” Khan said to The National. “He can use whatever excuses he likes, but the bottom line is Floyd is scared. He knows I’m fast and can give him his first loss. Amir Khan brings more money, more fans, more exposure on the table.
“I mean, my fight against Chris Algieri got the highest-ever ratings in 10 years of a free-to-air boxing bout in the US. Everybody is criticising him for not picking me; the likes of Mike Tyson, ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler. He’s been cherry-picking all his career.”
Khan uses unbeaten IBF 140-pound champion Cesar Cuenca, who has an identical 48-0 record as Mayweather, as an example to crack Floyd record.
“Who is Cuenca? I don’t know who he is; never heard of him. And this proves exactly my point on Mayweather: lots of unknown fighters are undefeated. Records mean nothing in today’s world, what matters is the legitimacy of the opponents you fight," Khan said.
“If I wanted, I could’ve been 100-0 right now, I could’ve cherry-picked all the easy fights and remained undefeated. It means nothing in the world of boxing.”