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Khan in the frame for Mayweather Jr bout

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Amir Khan has not fought since April 2013 but is one of a number of fighters in the frame to fight Mayweather Jr © Getty Images
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Amir Khan is in contention to fight unbeaten welterweight star Floyd Mayweather on May 3 according to the head of the American's promoters Showtime Sports, but a dream bout between 'Money' and Manny Pacquaio is looking less likely to happen.

Speaking in an interview with the Telegraph, Showtime vice president Stephen Espinoza admitted Khan is in the frame for a money-spinning fight with Mayweather Jr, but also stated the world champion is yet to make up his mind on his next opponent.

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"Khan is definitely one of the leading contenders for the fight," Espinoza told The Telegraph. "I know Amir wants the fight. Floyd hasn't made a decision. I expect an announcement by mid-January or the end of January.

"It is still wide open. Floyd has not made a decision yet about who he is going to fight on May 3. Obviously, Marcos Maidana is making a late case and a strong argument for the fight, but Amir is definitely there in the conversation."

On his last outing in September, Mayweather Jr, defeated Saul Alvarez in a record-breaking pay-per-view fight in Las Vegas. Khan last fought in April when he saw off Julio Diaz by unanimous decision in Sheffield.

Mayweather Jr recently stated a fight with the Filipino would "never happen" while his rival remained with promoter Bob Arum - something which Espinoza believes will continue to hinder the chances of a superfight.

The 36-year-old has long been touted to step into the ring with former pound-for-pound king Pacquaio, but Espinoza is sceptical over whether the desired clash will ever be made.

"I'd like to say I'm optimistic but there is a lot of politics involved," Espinoza said. "[There is] A lot of history to resolve. Unfortunately, until Manny Pacquiao changes his promotional representation, I'm not optimistic that it can happen.

"I know Floyd is not the issue. Floyd wants the fight. Floyd will fight Manny Pacquiao anywhere, any time. Unfortunately, there is a promotional conflict which are the issue."

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