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Floyd Mayweather Looking to Fight in the UK for the First Time

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 17: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. works out at the Mayweather Boxing Club on April 17, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. will fight Robert Guerrero for the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013.  (Photo by Bryan Haraway/Getty Images)
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Mick AkersAnalyst IApril 30, 2013

After fighting all soon-to-be 44 professional bouts in the United States, pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather could be looking to take his talents overseas and hold a fight in the United Kingdom, according to Mayweather adviser Leonard Ellerbe (h/t ESPN.co.uk)

"Floyd has a tremendous fan base in the UK and we're looking at working on something now where he's going to come over there," Ellerbe said on Bunce's Boxing Hour on Boxnation.

One of many possible opponents for Mayweather would be junior welterweight titleist Amir Khan.

Although Khan is not the only fighter that Mayweather could face in a possible UK bout, he would be the best choice due to his enormous popularity in his home country.

The potential fight could be held within the next 18 months and would be a sure hit as Mayweather has a huge fan base in the UK and Khan is one of, if not the most, popular boxer in the country.

"Ever since the Ricky Hatton fight back in 2007, UK fans have been very loyal to Floyd, and he definitely acknowledges that and he wants to bring a big, big event to the UK," Ellerbe added.

Despite never stepping in the ring as a welterweight, the WBC has Khan ranked as No. 2 in the 147-pound division and would give Khan the fight he has been wanting over the past few years.

Khan appeared to be on a collision course with Mayweather, but that dream was halted when he was knocked out by Danny Garcia in Round 4 of their bout last June.

As Mayweather prepares to take on Robert Guerrero Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev., taking the spectacle that is a Mayweather-led boxing card overseas would be a big win for all involved.

Sure, the U.S. fans would miss out on a Mayweather bout for the first time in his long career, but giving fans in a new country a chance to catch the best boxing has to offer would be huge for the sport in the long run.

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