By Chris McKenna in Las Vegas, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN reckons Floyd Mayweather Jnr is bitter now he is the new poster boy in Las Vegas.
The Bolton fighter takes on WBC middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on Saturday night at the new T-Mobile Arena in one of the biggest fights of 2016.
But just as fight week started, now retired ring king Mayweather hinted at a comeback and that his 50th outing may happen.
It was not a coincidence he did it just as the buzz was building in the fight capital of the world for a big event he is not involved in.
Posters for the Khan clash with Mexican star Alvarez can be seen up and down the Strip on billboards, buses and taxis.
But the most eye-catching one is the huge poster of both the Brit and the WBC champion down the side of the MGM Grand hotel.
Mayweather’s figure and the slogan “Home of the Champion” used to be emblazoned there at the hotel that staged his last 11 fights.
Khan said: “I think he is a little bit bitter because he is walking and driving around and people are talking about this fight with Canelo. He has probably seen the big poster at the MGM and now it is me and Canelo. I remember him saying a long time ago that he wanted to be the first guy to fight at this new arena.
“Basically now people aren’t talking about him and he is missing all this. That is why he is saying these things now to try to get people talking about him again. I’m sure he is missing it.”
Khan arrived on the Strip in Las Vegas on Monday afternoon and first spotted the poster as he was driven from the airport to the Mandalay Bay hotel where he is staying.
He took pictures as the car cruised to the Strip, but has a reminder of the mammoth size of Saturday night’s fight every time he glances out of the window of his hotel room.
Khan said: “My dream was to fight in Vegas, to see my name up in lights and to see that big poster, this is even better than I expected. I can see that big poster from my room. It is mad. Everywhere you go people are talking about this fight, there are posters on taxis, buses and even on the room cards for the hotel. This is something you dream of.
“There is also a huge screen outside the arena where the fight is going to happen. I haven’t been there yet but I hope to go there before the fight just to have a look.”
The clash with ‘Canelo’ will be Khan’s sixth fight on the Strip, but this will be by far the biggest stage he has competed on in Sin City.
He added: “I want to go to the MGM and get a picture of myself standing by the big poster.
“I want these memories so I can tell my kids, maybe bring them to Vegas one day and tell them, ‘Your dad fought here one day and topped the bill’.”
On Saturday night we will find out if he will still want to remember this week.
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