There has been a lot of talk in the last month or so that Amir Khan wants to face Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2012, and Mayweather has even responded to it by saying that it's a fight he'd consider. But now Floyd is changing his tune, as he often will when discussing possible future opponents, hoping that by running them down, they'll appear to be a better possible opponent.
Here's what Floyd told Fighthype.com:
"He don't really want that. Not selling 2,500 tickets and having a bunch of giveaways. No, he don't want that."
Now before anyone questions this logic, Khan has already responded:
"I'm not a big enough draw to fight in 2012, and Victor Ortiz is now? No disrespect to Victor Ortiz. He's a great fighter and a very good friend but he's fought on my undercard twice. I'll be ready to fight Floyd in two fights time."
Khan seems to understand the Mayweather game here -- run them down, then fight them anyway, he's done it before -- and also says that Leonard Ellerbe, a key part of Team Mayweather, has told Khan there's interest from their camp in the fight.
Even though it's just Floyd being Floyd, if he's looking to fight someone who sells a lot of tickets in the United States, he's got very few options. He wouldn't be fighting Victor Ortiz, for one thing. But we know that, and he knows that. There's Manny Pacquiao (let's not right now), Devon Alexander in St. Louis (Mayweather actually says he hopes to sign Alexander to Mayweather Promotions), Miguel Cotto. There's not a lot, is my point. Floyd knows that. Floyd's being Floyd. He's always Floyd. Sometimes I miss Floyd when he's gone. Then I remember him, and he sort of annoys me for a few minutes. And then I realize, it's just Floyd. What was I expecting?
Anyway, if they both keep winning, I fully expect Mayweather vs Khan next year, but not in the UK, as has been previously rumored could happen. It'll just be in Las Vegas. I do think Floyd is genuine when he says he'd like to bring a big fight to the UK, but I think Oscar de la Hoya was genuine when he said the same thing. I just don't think Floyd will actually do it because it involves travel and other minor nuisances that he's not used to, same as Oscar never did it.