Amir Khan, still looking for an opponent at junior welterweight, told a British newspaper that he expects to move up to the welterweight division and face Floyd Mayweather Jr. sometime in 2012.
And, naturally, both he and trainer Freddie Roach say they believe he’d win the fight.
“For me to be considered the best, I have to go in there against the best,” Khan told The Telegraph. “I want to be right up there fighting at elite level, to show people how good I am. I believe I have the tools to beat Mayweather. I have faster hand speed than him, and a better punch.
“No one is denying that he is technically brilliant and very smart. But I’ll get there because I have the best trainer in the world in Freddie Roach. I think Mayweather will happen in 2012.”
Said Roach: “There are two boxers I train who could beat Floyd Mayweather. One of them is Manny Pacquiao. The other one is Amir Khan.”
First things first, though. Khan, the WBA junior welterweight titleholder, still wants to unify the 140-pound titles this year. The question is: Who will he fight?
Timothy Bradley has told The Desert Sun that he will not fight Khan on July 23, the original target date for the fight.
Marcos Maidana reportedly is eager for a rematch but his stock went down to some degree in his victory over Erik Morales in April. Plus, Khan barely survived Maidana’s power once. Why tempt fate twice?
Another option is Zab Judah but Khan said he isn’t crazy about fighting an opponent who he believes will be reluctant to engage with him. Kahn said Morales turned down an offer to fight him. And Robert Guerrero, although he'd have to move up from lightweight, has been mentioned as a possibility.
Other than that, there are no immediate big-money fights at 140 pounds available.
One option Khan will not consider at any time, he said, is a showdown with gym mate Pacquiao.
“There will never be a fight between Manny and me,” he told The Telegraph. “We respect each other too much. It wouldn’t feel right.”