According to a recent report by TMZ, boxing star Amir Khan insists he would have fought Floyd Mayweather for free.
Khan, who faces former Mayweather foe Canelo Alvarez in May, recently told the news tabloid:
"Floyd [was] too scared to fight me."
"I did everything to make that happen."
"To be honest with you, I even said I'd fight him for free... I'd fight him for nothing."
"Nobody in my division wants to fight me. Mayweather let me down. Pacquiao let me down. Danny Garcia let me down."
"I'm a position where I want the biggest fights."
For the better part of four years (2011 to 2015), the British boxing sensation was the presumed front-runner to face the great 'Money May.' In fact, after Floyd defeated Canelo Alvarez in September 2013, Khan appeared to be a shoe-in to win the Floyd Mayweather Sweepstakes.
"We thought we got very close to making that fight happen," insisted Khan.
But Khan's reputation needed resuscitation, and when the Brit subsequently rose to the occasion by collecting wins against the likes of Luis Collazo, Devon Alexander and Chris AlgierI, his efforts were too little, too late.
Sometimes life's answers are determined by timing and Khan's losses in 2011 and 2012 combined with the emergence of Canelo Alvarez, Marcos Maidana and, of course, the successful delivery of the long-awaited Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao fight certainly contributed to the demise of Mayweather vs Khan.
That stated, Khan, with his size, speed, athleticism and overall polish would have been a formidable threat to Mayweather, Pacquiao and Garcia.
Had there been enough public demand, Floyd and/or Manny would have probably faced Khan. However, after Amir's stock dropped following back-to-back losses and a few less-than spectacular performances, he presumably became too much risk for the reward.
Hence, Teams Mayweather and Pacquiao probably believed they couldn't get enough money to justify the risk.
On May 7, however, Khan will finally get the opportunity he's been waiting for - a super-showdown with a real star in the sport.
"If Canelo is looking past this fight [Canelo vs Khan], he's really a big mistake," Khan warned.
"If he loses against me, I don't think that [Gennady Golovkin] fight would be there.