Floyd Mayweather Reportedly to Fight Amir Khan After Cotto, Not Manny Pacquiao

Mick AkersAnalyst IMarch 29, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28:  Floyd Mayweather attends a press conference to promote his upcoming fight with Miguel Cotto on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at the The Apollo Theater on February 28, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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If all goes as planned for 25-year-old Amir Khan in the coming year, he will get the biggest fight of his career against No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather in 2013, the Telegraph reported.

Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer said:

"We would like him (Khan) to have one fight at welterweight if he beats (Lamont) Peterson, and then there is the match with Mayweather. We have discussed it with the Mayweather camp, and they are interested.”

This means that if Kahn (26-2, 18 KOs) has a successful rematch with Peterson on May 19 and then goes on to beat a welterweight fighter after that, Khan would then get the shot at Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) he has been long wanting.

This also means that Mayweather must dispose of Miguel Cotto in their May 5 bout, which he is expected to do. In between Mayweather's bout and a possible showdown with Khan in 2013,  Money May must serve out his 90-day jail sentence set to begin on June 1.

This news puts a halt to any possible Manny Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight talk for at least the first part of 2013, but Schaefer felt the megafight will still happen sometime before both boxers call it a career.

Schaefer said of a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao bout:

"It will happen but not this year, probably when Pacquiao is ready to retire and has run out of other options."

Only time will tell if the Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight will ever come to fruition, but in the at least we have a possible Mayweather-Khan bout that will pit one of boxing's new generation's stars, against one of the greatest fighters of our time to hold us over in the meantime.