Bolton star Amir Khan is convinced that he was avoided for several years by retired five division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
A fight between Khan and Mayweather had been discussed numerous times, but it never came off.
In 2014, Khan felt he was getting close to securing a Mayweather bout. But Mayweather would face Marcos Maidana, twice. Maidana was red-hot at the time, after winning an upset decision over a ten undefeated Adrien Broner.
Mayweather retired back in September of 2015, when he dominated Andre Berto over twelve rounds. Khan was reportedly in the running for that fight, but he was passed over.
Mayweather returned to the ring once more in August of 2017, when he stopped UFC superstar Conor McGregor in ten rounds. Afterwards, he retired once again with a perfect 50-0, record.
There is now talk by Mayweather, that he will fight once again by the end of this year.
But Khan, a 33-year-old former champion and Olympic silver medal winner, is not holding his breath that showdown will come off.
“I’ve always thought I could have Floyd Mayweather’s number,” Khan said to BT Sport.
“I knew in the back of my mind I could have the beating of him. Styles make fights and that’s just one fight he avoided and didn’t want.”
Now the big fight for Khan is a domestic cracker with former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook.
Brook is back in the ring on February 8th in Sheffield, against American Mark DeLuca. The date will mark Brook's first bout since December of 2018.
A fight between Khan and Brook has been approached for several years. At this point, it's now or never to make the contest happen.