Floyd Mayweather Warned by Amir Khan Amid Talk of May Showdown

Nick AkermanFeatured Columnist IVDecember 16, 2016

BOLTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22:  Amir Khan poses during a photo shoot at Gloves Gym on April 22, 2013 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Amir Khan has claimed a megabucks bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. will only happen if his stipulations are met, suggesting he won't be intimidated by the demands of the world's best pound-for-pound fighter.

As reported by Nick Lustig of the Daily Star, the Bolton-based boxer is more than willing to enter the ring with Mayweather, but will only agree to the showdown at welterweight:

I will not be dictated to. With me it will be 147 pounds and that is it.

I will be moving up a weight and I will not be killing myself to make it—has he ever fought anyone who has done that before?

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 14:  (L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right to Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Khan has been itching to test his skills against "Money" for some time, but the 2004 Olympic silver medallist's progress has suffered two setbacks across the past couple of years.

A controversial December 2011 loss against Lamont Peterson—which saw Khan harshly deducted two points for supposedly pushing his opponent—was never granted a rematch after Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone in May the following year, per BBC Sport.

Instead, Danny Garcia added a second consecutive loss to Khan's record in July 2012, before the Englishman bounced back with wins over Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz to put himself back in touching distance of a shot at Mayweather.

"Pretty Boy" remains unbeaten throughout his career and has a record of 45-0 after two further victories in 2013.

A unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero was followed by a majority decision against Saul Alvarez, adding further claim to Mayweather's position as one of the best boxers to ever grace the sport.

Khan has always been an ambitious fighter and is striving to face Mayweather before the 36-year-old calls time on his legendary career.

While the British boxer would have nothing to lose against such an iconic figure, Mayweather may wish to bypass Khan's tremendous speed in order to face a more predictable opponent to keep his record intact.