By Niels Hamel: Amir Khan has tonight released a statement on his website, he has expressed his disappointment with the Mayweather camp after learning the news that he has missed out on a big pay-day fight against Floyd Mayweather
After weeks of speculation on who Mayweather would be facing, he has announced on his twitter that he will face Marcos Maidana on May 3rd.
Amir Khan turned down a title fight against Devon Alexander last year; Khan was lead to believe that moving away from that fight would lead to a Mayweather bout.
Mayweather Promotions ran a poll on the website voting who should be Floyd’s next opponent, Amir Khan beat Marcos Maidana in that poll leading everyone to believe that Khan as got that fight he badly craves.
Maidana who victory over Mayweather’s friend Adrien Broner changed the situation completely, up until then Khan was favourite to land the bout with the WBC Welterweight champion, Maidana performance against Broner got Mayweather’s attention.
Richard Schaefer, chief executive of Golden Boy, said: “What Maidana did to Broner really changed the dynamics. Mayweather and the fight fans in the US, and the US media felt that Maidana was the bigger fight, more dangerous fight at this particular point for Floyd.
“That doesn’t mean that a fight between Amir Khan and Mayweather is never going to happen. I believed it then and I believe it now that Amir Khan has the skills and that one weapon – which I think is going to give Floyd Mayweather a lot of problems – and that, is his handspeed.
“Amir’s the fastest fighter in the world. He can clearly give trouble to Mayweather, so I believe that fight is going to happen. It’s just not now.”
Schaefer reveals that Mayweather is still open to facing Amir Khan, just not in May.
“I saw Floyd on Monday night at the Los Angeles Lakers basketball game and he was telling me, ‘tell Amir that it’s not going to happen now, but it will happen’,” said Schaefer.
“So he’s definitely open to eventually fighting Amir.”
While Khan is upset with not getting the fight with Floyd, he would still like an explanation from the Mayweather camp as to why they took so long to just say no.
“Despite having signed my part of the agreement to fight Floyd in early December, I’ve been preparing myself for some time that the match up with him wasn’t going to happen, as I announced on Twitter a few days ago. Therefore, this announcement did not come as a surprise.
“I am, however, very disappointed with Floyd and his team for not providing any explanation as to why he delayed the announcement for so long and ultimately avoided the fight with me.
“Clarification, if he was not fighting me, would have allowed me to look over my options and pursue another path, rather than the ultimate delay to my career this has caused.
“It has been a very frustrating period as I’d been due to fight in December against Devon Alexander, however, I was strongly advised to not take this fight as I would be facing Floyd this May – and therefore signed my side of the contract on this belief.
“I genuinely wish Marcos and Floyd all the best for their fight – two great fighters. As a team we have now moved on and are looking at different options.
“I’ve been training very hard since my last fight. I’m a fighter who wants to face the very best out there and have never ducked any opponent.
“I’m focused and ready for my next outing – we currently have a few options on the table at the moment and my team are working alongside Golden Boy Promotions to announce my next fight within the next 10 days.”