Floyd Mayweather chose Marcos Maidana over Amir Khan to be his opponent on May 3. While Khan was upset that he wasn’t selected to challenge the undefeated boxer, he’s likely to get the chance, before the end of 2014.
According to the Daily Mail, Khan is one victory away from getting a shot at Mayweather. Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, confirmed that a win in Khan’s next fight would guarantee him a match with Mayweather.
Khan won’t be taking on Mayweather at the MGM Grand on Saturday, but he does have a fight on the card. He’s set to take on Luis Collazo, as part of the undercard.
While it’s no guarantee that Khan will defeat Collazo, he’s a heavy favorite to win the bout. Bovada.lv lists his betting odds at -300, naming Collazo a +230 underdog. Khan has won his last two fights, beating Carlos Molina by knockout and Julio Diaz by unanimous decision. Collazo has four straight victories, most recently knocking out Victor Ortiz.
Shortly after Mayweather topped Canelo Alvarez last September, Khan appeared to be the leading candidate to be Mayweather’s next opponent, even signing a contract in 2013 to face Mayweather. Mayweather, though, never agreed to the deal, and bypassed the Brit.
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“Can I apologies to the thousands of people who are let down,” Khan tweeted, when he learned he wouldn’t be fighting the champ in May. “You me and everyone wanted the Mayweather fight. He's running scared.”
A fight with Mayweather in September, instead of May, could turn out to be a better option for Khan. The 27-year-old could receive up to $10 million for the fight, easily marking the biggest payday of his career.
“Maybe everything happens for a reason,” Khan said, via the Daily Mail “I was upset when this happened. When you are that close, within pitching distance, it is disappointing. This was going to be the biggest night of my career so far, against the best in the world."
After his bout with Maidana, Mayweather will fight again in September. A victory over Maidana is considered a fait accompli by many, considering he’s listed as a -1000 favorite.