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Amir Khan might be about to hit the lottery, whether he deserves to or not.
Despite being just 2-2 in his last four fights, with both victories coming over less than stellar opponents, Amir Khan might be on the verge of hitting boxing's equivalent of the lottery.
The 27-year-old former junior welterweight champion has been mentioned as the next foe for pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, and earlier this week, he said he had signed his end of the contract for the May 3 fight.
Now, that doesn't conclusively prove that the fight is a go. As Mayweather often says regarding fight rumors, if you didn't hear the news from him, CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe or advisor Al Haymon, don't believe it.
But where there's smoke, there's usually fire, and this particular rumor has been burning for a while now.
Only Khan has done nothing to earn this fight.
His last four bouts have been unimpressive. He lost to Lamont Peterson—in a fight that without shoddy refereeing he probably would have won—and then got shellacked by Danny Garcia before rebounding with victories over Carlos Molina (not the 154-pound champ) and Julio Diaz.
In the Diaz fight, Khan hit the canvas and had to survive for a narrow decision against a fighter who hasn't been relevant since 2007. That's a big problem.
And that's not the type of resume that should earn a boxer the biggest money fight in the sport, but in Khan's case, it might do just that in 2014.