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Khan desperate to fight Mayweather Jr

ESPN staff
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Amir Khan is unlikely to fight at lightweight again after expressing his troubles at making the weight © PA Photos
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Amir Khan insists that he is firmly focused on setting up a potential bout with unbeaten welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr before the American calls time on his illustrious career.

Having hinted at moving up to welterweight class, Khan believes a meet with 'Money' would take priority over potential rematches with Danny Garcia or Lamont Peterson, admitting that he is desperate to face the 36-year-old.

"Mayweather may not be around for long," Khan posted on Twitter. "I want my shot. The world's talking about the fight. Garcia and Peterson will be around until I'm around for rematches.

"[Zab] Judah caused big problems with speed and movement against Floyd for 12 rounds, but lasted five against me. Styles make fights.

"Garcia and Peterson will be around much longer than Floyd Mayweather Jr in boxing. I will take rematches with both at 147lbs."

Khan suffered successive losses to Garcia and Peterson before returning for his first bout in two years on British soil, defeating Julio Diaz by unanimous decision in Sheffield on April 27.

And now the 26-year-old Bolton fighter has called for Mayweather Jr to face an opponent that offers more speed, and indicated that he is unlikely to make the step down to the lightweight division again.

"Styles make fights," Khan said. "So are you saying you would rather see Floyd with another opponent that's flat-footed and slow, who he can pick off when he likes?

"My natural weight is 153lbs. I've never touched the canvas at that weight. 140lbs I kill myself making it. I've been this weight since 2009. (And I'm ranked) WBC No. 2 at 147lbs."

Mayweather Jr extended his undefeated record to 44 professional victories after beating Robert Guerrero on May 4 and while his advisor Leonard Ellerbe recently admitted the fighter is looking to compete in the UK, the WBC champion was quick to play down the speculation, including a potential bout with Khan.

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