Amir Khan will face Luis Collazo on May 3, when he returns to the ring after 13 months off on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard. Obviously, Khan (28-3, 19 KO) is hoping to win and do so impressively in his welterweight debut, and Khan told ITV Sport in the UK that Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO) has recently told him that they will fight one another, as was previously expected for this date.
"I spoke to Floyd on the phone a couple of weeks ago, and he said, 'Look, champ, one day it'll happen, you're a great fighter, I've got three fights left, you're one of the opponents definitely for sure,'" Khan told ITV Sport.
"He kind of gave me -- he kind of did say he wants to fight me and the fight's gonna happen one day, but, like I said, this is boxing, things can change overnight. I'm just going to stay focused on me next opponent, which is Luis Collazo at the moment. Even though it is on the Mayweather undercard, I think it's good to be in front of Mayweather's face. To have a good performance there, people will be like, 'Why is Mayweather fighting Amir's leftover, who he beat?'"
Collazo (35-5, 18 KO) is no pushover for Khan, especially considering that Amir had major trouble in April 2013 with Julio Diaz, a former lightweight titlist who has seen better days. Collazo is a full-fledged welterweight, a tricky southpaw, and is coming in with his spirits and his confidence high after knocking out Victor Ortiz in two rounds in late January.
Collazo, too, is fighting with the hope that if he can win, he might land a Mayweather fight, which would have seemed crazy not too long ago, but wins over Ortiz and Khan could go a long, long way to making that a reality.
Do you think Khan perhaps sounds a bit overconfident that he'll just handily beat Collazo and get the Mayweather fight? Hasn't he been in this exact sort of spot before and found himself in trouble?