Floyd Mayweather Next Fight: Star Could Fight Amir Khan in May 2015; Briton Wants Showdown at Wembley in London
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is expected to return to action in September, but world-renowned trainer Virgil Hunter believes that the reigning pound-for-pound king will not be ready to return that soon, which will increase Amir Khan's chances of landing a bout with the unbeaten champion.
In an interview with the Irish Mirror, Hunter said that Mayweather will not be ready to fight in September because of the cut he sustained during his recent showdown with Marcos Maidana.
Khan is out of the picture for Mayweather's next fight because he is not planning to fight in September due to religious reasons. But if the fight will be moved due to the injury sustained by Mayweather, Khan will likely get strong consideration again.
"I've got a gut feeling Mayweather won't fight in September because of the cut he suffered against Maidana," Hunter said. "I don't think he really wants to come back that quickly as it would be really close."
But while the window will open for Khan in case Mayweather decides to move his fight, Hunter admitted that he wants Khan to face the Grand Rapids native in May 2015, not this year, in order to have more time to prepare for the biggest fight of the Briton's boxing career.
"I would like Amir to fight Mayweather in May," Hunter said. "Personally, that would be my preference. That would give us two more camps and if it happens next May, he wins. If it goes later this year, we have ample time and I give Amir a good chance."
Khan, who was considered as Mayweather's most likely opponent earlier this year before the 37-year-old champion decided to face Maidana, wants the fight to happen at the Wembley Stadium in London.
The 27-year-old Bolton, England native said that MGM Grand is still the best venue for a big-money bout, but Wembley should be strongly considered based on the success of the rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves in London this weekend.
"Let's try and force Floyd Mayweather to come to England and fight me here. I am going to try and force that upon Golden Boy Promotions, Al Haymon my manager and adviser and I am going to tell him 'look how big this event here is in Wembley, why can't we do a show like this?" said Khan, who was one of the 80,000 spectators at the Wembley Stadium last weekend.
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