• Welterweight

Mayweather Jr planning UK bout

ESPN staff
April 30, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Unbeaten welterweight star Floyd Mayweather Jr is planning to fight on British soil within the next 18 months, according to the fighter's advisor Leonard Ellerbe.

Mayweather Jr defends his WBC welterweight title against Robert 'The Ghost' Guerrero in Las Vegas on May 5 and, if the 36-year-old extends his undefeated run to 44 fights, it could open up a potential bout with Amir Khan.

Bolton-born Khan is currently the No. 2 contender for the American's title, but Ellerbe has confirmed that Mayweather Jr has been given several options in an attempt to lure the star across the Atlantic for his first fight on UK shores.

"Floyd has a tremendous fan base in the UK and we're looking at working on something now where he's going to come over there," Ellerbe told Bunce's Boxing Hour on BoxNation.

"Ever since the Ricky Hatton fight back in 2007, UK fans have been very loyal to Floyd and he definitely acknowledges that and he wants to bring a big, big event to the UK."

Mayweather Jr has never fought in a professional bout outside of the United States, but Ellerbe believes that 'Money' is keen to come over and continue a "love affair" with his British fanbase.

"There's definitely a very strong possibility that Floyd will fight in the UK," Ellerbe added. "We'll see how this thing plays out, his focus is Saturday night and then we'll go from there.

"But we're definitely going to bring a big, big event to the UK. He won't be over for a fight initially, but we're going to come over there and do some stuff.

"I'm talking with a couple people now and they're giving me some options, and Floyd will definitely be coming to the UK.

"The UK are his biggest and best fans. He has a tremendous love affair for the UK fans."

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