Amir Khan the front-runner for big Mayweather clash

Amir Khan keen on Money Matc

Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) has emerged as the front runner to face, P4P No.1, Floyd Mayweather on the 3rd May, 2014. The venue is unlikely to be in the UK, mainly because of tax reasons, so expect it to take place at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Khan had been in negotiations for a clash with IBF welterweight champion, Devon Alexander. It seems that the Bolton fighter has pulled out and instead Alexander is being lined-up to fight veteran Zab Judah, in a possible doubler header, at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, New York, along with Paulie Malignaggi vs Shawn Porter.  

Amir last fought against Julio Diaz in April 2013, but it is believed that he won't fight again this year and is intent on concentrating on the Mayweather clash, which is undoubtedly the biggest fight of his career both in terms of the level of opposition and the pay cheque.  

Mayweather's last fight was at 152lbs against Saul Alvarez, though the potential Khan clash will be at 147lbs with Floyd's WBC welterweight belt on the line.  

Many believe that Khan has the tools and speed to cause Floyd problems but also that his chin will let him down. What odds on the infamous 'Checkhook' taking care of another Brit?, just as it did to Ricky Hatton back in August 2007. The champion is undefeated in 45 fights, and there won't be too many backing the Brit to become the first to defeat him.
 
There will be criticism that Khan is ducking out of the Alexander clash, a fight that seemed a genuine 50-50, and playing it safe in-order to cash-in on the Mayweather fight. You can't blame the Bolton fighter for wanting the Mayweather clash, but you do have to wonder about the lack of confidence being shown by his handlers.  

This will be the third fight for Mayweather since signing for Showtime in the US, and it is likely to do big PPV numbers in both the US and UK, though unlikely to do greater numbers in the US than the Alvarez clash earlier this month.  I personally don't see Khan beating Mayweather, but it will be eventful, as Khan fights often are.

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