Floyd Mayweather Jr. is ready to ink a deal that will see him take on Amir Khan, according to the Daily Mail.
The Mail's Jeff Powell originally broke news of the fight back in October 2013.
Now the same publication suggests "Money" is ready to give the 27-year-old British hopeful a shot at his unbeaten record in a Las Vegas clash that is sure to draw in huge bucks across the globe:
Khan confirmed earlier this month that he had already signed a contract to fight the pound-for-pound No 1. And now Mayweather, who is on a week-long tour of South Africa, is ready to confirm the deal.
Upon his visit to Johannesburg, Mayweather baited Manny Pacquiao for his inability to agree to terms in a potential fight of the ages.
Mayweather suggests the Filipino fighter has turned down the opportunity to meet him twice, and has only considered stepping into the ring with the American since running into tax problems, per Gerald Imray of the Associated Press via ABC News:
All of a sudden, he loses to Timothy Bradley, he loses to Marquez ... he has tax problems now. So, two losses and tax problems later, now he all of a sudden want to say: 'You know what? I'd do anything to make the fight happen,' when he's really saying: 'Floyd, can you help me solve my tax problems, get me out of debt?'
Although Mayweather didn't rule out facing Pacquiao, a potential encounter against Marcos Maidana is off the cards for the immediate future after Adrien Broner utilised his right to an instant rematch, per Dan Rafael of ESPN.
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Maidana toppled Broner for a unanimous-decision victory on Dec. 14, 2013, handing the fighter his first career loss in front of the Texas crowd.
Now that the duo's rerun is confirmed, Khan has an excellent opportunity to book the battle he has longed for since turning professional.
Mayweather's comfortable victory over Saul Alvarez on Sept. 14 of last year highlights how the legendary brawler isn't slowing up. He has managed to halt the hopes of 45 opponents during his career, and despite Khan's lofty ambitions, will be the overwhelming favourite to rack up another win if the pair meet.
Khan has lost two of his last four fights, per Boxrec, and will need to improve massively if he's to challenge Mayweather. The Englishman's defence has appeared easily penetrable at times and his shot selection sloppy—two aspects his potential opponent will be sure to exploit.
Few will fancy Khan against the greatest fighter on the planet, but like so many others before him, dreams of overcoming Mayweather could be enough to fuel a memorable encounter.