Amir Khan: "Who else is out there at 147 for Floyd Mayweather?"Written by Joseph Herron
On Friday, May 29, Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) won his third consecutive bout in the Welterweight division against a very competitive Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs), out-pointing the determined, New York native to earn a spirited but wide twelve round unanimous decision.
Although the talented, 28 year old sharp-shooter wasn’t exactly surprised by the competitive nature of the entertaining scrap, he was indeed taken aback by the aggressive fight plan of Chris Algieri.
“We didn’t really expect Chris Algieri to come forward like he did,” admits Amir Khan. “We thought he was going to be on his back foot so we could put pressure on him and break him down. But he showed a lot of heart in there. He took some good shots and kept coming back in there.”
After discussing the hard fought battle with the former WBO Super Lightweight title holder, media members in attendance resorted to their apparent “topic of choice” to conclude the customary post-fight press conference.
When asked if he believed his performance against Algieri was enough to garner a potential September clash with Floyd Mayweather, the former Olympic Silver medalist seemed weary of the consistent, and now tedious “Money Mayweather” inquiries.
“Styles make fights,” insists the ten year professional. “I’ve been chasing a fight with Floyd Mayweather for a very long time. When you chase a fight, sometimes it can be very hard to focus on who you have in front of you.”
“And then you’ve got everyone saying that Chris Algieri was going to be a walk in the park. I’m very happy I didn’t take this fight so lightly, because I could have been beaten if I had, and the dream of fighting Floyd Mayweather would have been gone.”
“But I’m going to go home and rest now. It’s been a rough camp, and I’ve been away from my family for a long, long time. So I’m going to chill and get away from boxing for bit…about two or three weeks, then I’ll be back in the gym to start training again.”
“But I’m going to let my adviser, Al Haymon, and my team decide what’s next for me.”
The confident British fighter believes he is the most sensible option for the highest earner in sports. Khan is adamant there seem to be no more excuses why the fight shouldn’t happen in September of this year.
“Floyd wanted me to prove myself at 147 pounds, and I think I’ve done that in my last three fights,” observes Khan.
“Who else is out there at 147 for Floyd? Nobody. I think I’ve answered all of the questions, and people want to see him in the ring with someone different. They want to see him in a fight.”
“Obviously Manny Pacquiao didn’t really show what we thought he was going to show in that fight. But I know exactly what to do in a fight with Mayweather. Floyd’s a very technical fighter and very skillful, but I’ve just known for a long, long time that a style like his would definitely suit me in the ring.”
When asked whether or not his religious practices would potentially interfere with a Mayweather super-fight in September, the former 140 pound champion explained why his observance of “Ramadan” would not be an issue.
“I’m okay to fight in September this year because Ramadan begins and ends a bit earlier than it did in 2014. It should happen now. I think it’s time that it has to happen.”
Video of presser below