The Daily Mail reports that Golden Boy Promotions has set forward a pretty specific map for Amir Khan's immediate future, with three fights in mind.
Here are the basics:
- Amir Khan will fight in December. Golden Boy would still prefer Erik Morales (who faces Lucas Matthysse on September 17), but could match Khan with Robert Guerrero (who faces Marcos Maidana on August 27). One thing that probably won't happen: A rematch with Maidana, against whom Khan put on the BWAA's 2010 Fight of the Year. Lamont Peterson is in the running, but he appears to be the third choice.
- Khan will then move up to welterweight in March 2012, should he win in December.
- If all goes well, Khan will face Floyd Mayweather Jr in November 2012. November has been a "Manny Pacquiao month" in recent years, with Pacquiao facing Miguel Cotto in 2009, Antonio Margarito in 2010, and coming soon, Juan Manuel Marquez this November.
Richard Schaefer also says that there's no reason Mayweather vs Pacquiao can't happen next year, but Bob Arum has said the same thing recently, and I assure they both have a multitude of reasons that it can't and won't. If that fight gets made, then obviously Khan won't be in the Mayweather picture, but for now consider Khan a leading candidate to face Floyd in 2012.