Amir Khan Claims He'll Take Floyd Mayweather's Pound-for-Pound Title

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2014

BOLTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 24:  Amir Khan shadow boxes during a media workout at the Gloves Community Centre on March 24, 2014 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Amir Khan believes he will one day follow in the footsteps of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and become the planet's best pound-for-pound boxer.

The Bolton-based fighter, who longs for a showdown with Money, spoke ahead of his Vegas undercard bout with Luis Collazo. Although Khan aimed to face Mayweather in the showpiece of Saturday's MGM Grand event, he believes he will eventually battle the undefeated fighter who opted for Marcos Maidana this time around.

Khan remains confident he will eventually encounter—and topple—Mayweather, as reported by Gareth A. Davies of the Telegraph:

When Floyd has finished maybe that's when I'll take that spot [the No 1 pound for pound]. I'm still young, and my dream is to face the best out there. But I think the fight will happen. I've sized Mayweather up a few times, and now I've signed with the same adviser as him in Al Haymon, things look good. To go with Al was my idea.

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Despite his confidence, much of Khan's buildup to the Collazo fight has centred around Mayweather and not the Brooklyn brawler with whom he next steps into the ring. He would be foolish to overlook the man who recently knocked out Victor Ortiz and, indeed, troubled Ricky Hatton during the Englishman's welterweight debut in 2006.

Remembering his unanimous decision win, Hatton warned Khan to remain focused during his step up to 147 pounds, per David Anderson of the Mirror:

"If he stands there and has it out with Collazo, then he will come second, no doubts," said Hatton. "He can make this fight as hard or as easy as he wants to. He must be disciplined, like he was against [Andreas] Kotelnik."

HAYWARD, CA - APRIL 24:  Amir Khan looks on as he gets his hands wrapped during a workout session at Virgil Hunter's Gym on April 24, 2014 in Hayward, California. Kahn is preparing to take on Luis Collazo at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 3, 2014. (Pho
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Khan certainly needs to use his head and deploy a game plan that brings his strengths to the fore. Speed, bobbing movement and accuracy will topple Collazo, whose power shouldn't be underestimated. Although the overwhelming favourite, much like Mayweather is against Maidana—an opponent Khan has already beaten—there's a real job for the Englishman to do.

Floyd Mayweather Sr. believes Khan will get destroyed if he ever comes face-to-face with his son. The outspoken father suggests Khan "would have more chance of beating King Kong," also reported by Anderson.

Khan's relentless pursuit of Mayweather indicates he isn't going to give up until he receives the fight. Even so, his comments suggest respect for the American whose record currently stands at 45-0, per Khan hints that even if by some miracle he could beat Mayweather, he wouldn't be able to establish himself as the absolute best until the great retires.

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While Khan's head may remain foggy with images of Pretty Boy, the Englishman must hold off thoughts of a future showdown if he is to overcome Collazo and one day join Mayweather in the main event. Talking is fine, but the physical work starts Saturday.