Amir Khan Ready to Give Up on Dream Floyd Mayweather Fight

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2014

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 27:  Amir Khan celebrates his victory over Julio Diaz at Motorpoint Arena on April 27, 2013 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Amir Khan has admitted he's considering alternative opponents to Floyd Mayweather Jr. due to the long delays in agreeing to a bout between the pair.

That's according to a recent interview Khan had with (h/t Gareth A. Davies of The Telegraph), although he says he remains hopeful of fighting the world's No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the future:

I'll still fight in May regardless of whatever happens. Early May or end of April, I want to fight because I want to keep myself busy. We're going to get a Plan B opponent, hopefully take that fight, and still work our way towards a Mayweather fight.

Look, the aim and the goal is to fight Floyd Mayweather and to keep working towards that fight. If we don't get the fight, then we just have to go to Plan B really and we have to just kind of stay strong mentally. I mean, everything happens for a reason and maybe it's not the right time, so you just move on and then you just get a new opponent. Look, it's not going to faze me.

The Daily Mail's Jeff Powell revealed back in October 2013 that plans were in the pipeline to set up a fight between the two, but Davies insists the length of negotiations is a tactic Mayweather has utilised in order to get inside his potential opponent's head.

Khan's last fight was almost a year ago, his April 2013 win over Julio Diaz being the latest of his steps to recovery since suffering back-to-back defeats against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Meanwhile, Mayweather is the more battle-ready of the pair, having extended his unbeaten record to 45 consecutive victories thanks to a majority-decision win over Saul Alvarez last September.

And Khan isn't under any false impressions when it comes to the strategy of "Money," per Davies' report, with Marcos Maidana another name being linked with the American:

He's getting coverage from different countries and different parts of the world all the time. The UK press is putting in the newspaper whatever little thing Floyd is saying about me, and whatever Floyd says about Maidana, that's in the press in Argentina. He's doing it the smart way where he's getting a lot of publicity from it even though he's not announced the fight.

Khan beat Maidana via unanimous decision in December 2010 but, as Football Radar's Jack Rathborn points out, not before the Argentinian left his mark on the 27-year-old:

If the former British Olympic star were to land his dream bout with Mayweather, Khan would be considered a heavy underdog.

The difference in prestige between their careers has always placed an air of doubt regarding whether the Bolton native would be out of his depth against a man who's indisputably one of the greatest boxers of all time.

However, it's another scenario where the politics of the boxing industry may get the better of what would undoubtedly be a blockbuster event and a highlight of Khan's career, in particular.

The Briton is intent on getting a fight in several months' time, whether it be Mayweather standing opposite him or another, less desirable opponent.