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Floyd Mayweather Begins Training Camp as Amir Khan Criticizes Money's Mind Games

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2015

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. has begun training for the final fight of his career, but with eight weeks until he's set to step into the ring for the last time, he is yet to name an opponent.  

Amir Khan, one of his potential foes, has criticized Pretty Boy's decision to goad others by keeping his final challenger unknown to the public.

Mayweather tweeted about his return to action:

Floyd Mayweather @FloydMayweather

Training camp has started. Go get the @shots app for exclusive 10-second videos leading up to my fight on Sept 12 https://t.co/qQnGqr8Xpx

The unbeaten fighter has suggested he could battle with Andre Berto or Karim Mayfield, per Declan Taylor of the MailOnline, two men who aren't as deserving as Khan when it comes to their recent records.

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They are both based in close vicinity to the Englishman—Berto trains alongside him, and Mayfield is also stationed in San Francisco—so Khan believes Mayweather could have thrown their names into the public sphere to irritate him. 

Khan's comments were reported by Taylor:

He's going to mention guys who train with me or who are always around me. He's going to mention those guys to try and get under my skin. But I know all the games that Floyd Mayweather plays. Floyd's playing games but this is a fight, we are professional boxers. Why not just be a man, say who you're going to fight and get it done. Stop playing these little games.

Mayweather continues "to look for every little advantage that he can get," according to Khan. "But I'm not going to let it get to me, I'm just going to keep calm and collected. If it happens, it happens, if it doesn't then there will be a plan B to move onto," the 28-year-old said

Taylor notes Khan is currently engaging in light training sessions to keep him in shape during the fasting month of Ramadan.

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It's unlikely Berto or Mayfield could seriously test Mayweather. The former has suffered defeat in three of his last six fights, with Victor Ortiz, Robert Guerrero and Jesus Soto Karass getting the better of him, as noted by Boxrec. Mayfield has one win in his last three, with Thomas Dulorme and Emmanuel Taylor beating him by unanimous decision.

ESPN.com's Dan Rafael believes Mayweather is genuinely entertaining the idea of concluding his career against one of these men:

Dan Rafael @danrafaelespn

Floyd said he'll fight Berto or Mayfield next. I asked if he was kidding. He seemed to be serious. Said Pacquiao fought Algieri so why not?

Khan's speed ensures he is better equipped to put up a battle in which Mayweather will need to deploy his technical defensive quality. While it seems far-fetched to say Khan would win, especially after a less than impressive victory over Chris Algieri, he would pose an interesting final task for the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

However, Mayweather said Khan's "name holds no weight" when he turned him down prior to the May 2 win over Manny Pacquiao, as reported by Matt Morlidge of the MailOnline.

The British fighter has been waiting and waiting, but Mayweather doesn't show any signs of giving him what he wants.

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