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Mayweather Brushes Aside Potential Khan Fight, Says He Only Wants Manny

December 19, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Floyd Mayweather has once again called out welterweight rival Manny Pacquiao, downplayed any talk of a fight with Amir Khan because ‘no one has heard of him’.

Mayweather and Pacquiao’s meeting has been five years overdue and now speculation has been increasing that the richest fight in boxing history is close to being made.

Khan has been lobbying for a chance to get in the ring with the 37-year-old Mayweather, however, outside the british media, who are the only ones who want to see the fight, have been hopeful their countryman would get the opportunity. Floyd poured cold water on the idea, saying the Englishman’s name “holds no weight”, making the Khan fight unlikely.

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Speaking to Boxing Scene after Khan’s victory against Devon Alexander in Las Vegas, the british fighter said: ‘The Mayweather fight, I think, definitely should happen. I have proven myself not once, but twice.’

However, the pound for pound king wasn’t impressed with the crowd the english fighter draws.

‘The other night I think he did 4,000 (attendance), so, Amir Khan, his name holds no weight,’ Mayweather told reporters during the World Boxing Council convention.
‘No one knows who Amir Khan is, except for people who are involved in boxing.

‘My focus is Manny Pacquiao. Let’s make it happen.’

Pacquiao, who is the current WBO welterweight holder, responded to Mayweather, saying he had ‘nowhere else to run’ as talk ramped up about a high-profile fight.

Pac-man celebrated his 36th birthday at home and refused to dwell on the latest rant from Mayweather. ‘I don’t want to talk and even think about him because it will only spoil my day,’ he said.

Mayweather revealed that talks are ongoing and there is lots of activity happening behind the scenes. Floyd has pencilled in a May 2 date for who he says will be his next opponent.

A Floyd-Manny fight will gross a minimum of $300 million dollars. So far Pacquiao has agreed to take the thin end of the 60-40 split, although there are suggestions that Mayweather could demand an even higher percentage if an agreement is to be finalised.

Mayweather will most likely insist on fighting in his hometown of Las Vegas. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is floating a grand idea of building a pop-up stadium on the famous Strip, which would hold a 50,000 seat capacity.

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