Amir Khan is once again on the offensive in his efforts to secure a dream bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. after the pair each won their fights at the MGM Grand on Saturday night.
Khan beat Luis Collazo by unanimous decision on the undercard of Mayweather's majority decision win over Marcos Maidana, and the Briton is quoted by the Press Association's Kevin Iole as giving his own dissection of "Money" in his latest display:
Amir Khan saying he sees decline and weakness in Floyd— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) May 4, 2014
Mayweather's was the far less convincing victory as Maidana pushed him to the end in unifying the WBA and WBC welterwight titles, with one judge even scoring the result as a 114-114 draw.
However, Khan took nothing away from the result itself, per David Mayo of MLive Media Group:
Khan says he thought Floyd beat Maidana cleanly.— David Mayo (@David_Mayo) May 4, 2014
Khan suggests Mayweather getting older, making mistakes, might be a good time to catch him.— David Mayo (@David_Mayo) May 4, 2014
On the other hand, there was none who could argue with "King" Khan's performance, which allowed Collazo very little room to manoeuvre. His only genuine shot at the victor came in the ninth round.
And it's perhaps unsurprising that, at 37 years of age, Money may begin to show some signs of cracking in his game, however adept he still is in his particular trade.
Maidana had a fine night's work in front of a sellout Las Vegas audience and, as Andy Kerr of beIN Sports points out, may have a priority placement in the right to a rematch against Mayweather:
Mayweather says he'll give Maidana a rematch if that's what the fans want. It looks like Khan may have to wait a few months longer— Andy Kerr (@AndyKerrtv) May 4, 2014
One can choose to look at Mayweather's 46th career victory as a sign of his diminishing standards, or merely as a sign that Maidana's talents have gone through a state of metamorphosis and improvement.
Jamie Pandaram of the Daily Telegraph has opened up the idea of Khan and Maidana duelling again, the former having won their meeting three years ago:
@liamnapierffx I say maidana v khan rematch for right to fight Floyd next— Jamie Pandaram (@JamiePandaram) May 4, 2014
Although the main event was a marvellous spectacle in itself, the undercard of Saturday's action was always expected to be an attractive proposition, too, and it didn't disappoint.
Speaking before his matchup with Collazo, Khan was quoted by the Daily Mail's Jeff Powell as saying his fixture would "steal the show":
"I intend to impress, to show everyone around the world what an exciting boxer Amir Khan is. This is a huge event and I believe I can steal the show because Floyd will beat Maidana comfortably."
That last addition may not have come to pass quite as stated but the rest stands true in that Khan did about as much as could be expected of him in attempting to lure Mayweather in next.
However, as has been the case with his match choices for as long as memory dictates, it will now be up to Money to decide which payday he takes, with Khan seemingly not afraid to face the champions he now feels even more confident of beating.