We've got another fight for the Mayweather-Maidana undercard on May 3, and it will feature former 140-pound titleholder Amir Khan, who will make his official welterweight debut against longtime contender Luis Collazo.
The fight had been rumored, with Collazo's team hoping to get the opportunity after their January upset of Victor Ortiz, a second round knockout on FOX Sports 1 that put Collazo (35-5, 18 KO) solidly back into the mix at 147 pounds.
"Defeating Victor Ortiz in January was just the beginning," said Collazo. "Facing and beating Amir Khan on the biggest stage in the sport is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I will take full advantage of this and put myself in the best position to face the winner of the main event. I hope Khan is ready because Brooklyn is coming to take him down."
Khan (28-3, 19 KO) hasn't fought since a tougher-than-anticipated win over Julio Diaz in April 2013, as he passed up a December fight with Devon Alexander under the impression that the May 3 date with Mayweather was his. Instead, after Marcos Maidana beat Adrien Broner on December 14, Mayweather chose Maidana over Khan.
"I'm looking forward to fighting in Las Vegas once again, and my intention on May 3 is to make a statement that I belong on this big stage," said Khan. "Luis Collazo might be coming off of a big win, but I am in incredible shape and am ready for this challenge. A win on May 3 is what I need to prove that I truly am one of the best welterweights in the sport."
"Both Amir Khan and Luis Collazo have made it known that they want a shot at the winner of the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, so what better way for them to prove that they're next in line than by fighting on 'The Moment' card on May 3?" said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "These are two exciting former world champions and this fight has the potential to steal the show."
"Amir Khan and Luis Collazo are aggressive boxers who deliver excitement and fan-friendly action in every fight," said Stephen Espinoza of Showtime Sports. "With the addition of this main event-caliber co-feature bout, boxing's biggest night of the year has become even bigger. Mayweather vs. Maidana and Khan vs. Collazo is a spectacular one-two punch for boxing fans."