English boxer Amir Khan is set to fight Chris Algieri at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday (May 29), as part of a Spike TV Premier Boxing Champions card.
The 28-year-old is confident he will win the fight and hopes it will prove he’s one of the sport’s best… ultimately offering the argument for him to fight Floyd Mayweather in September, which may very well be his last.
“Where does Floyd go?” Khan asked, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “If he doesn’t fight me once I get past this fight, who else is there for him? If he wants to have an audience from around the world … there’s not a lot of fighters who can bring that drawing power. I know I’m not at the scale of Manny Pacquiao, but it’d still be a big fight.”
Mayweather’s camp has expressed skepticism that Khan can fight on Sept. 12, due to his religious commitments, which include fasting during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.
Khan, however, tells the Times, that he can honor his religion and still effectively prepare for the bout.
“It’s possible for me with Ramadan being in July that I can train — I can train in Ramadan for two weeks, too. I’ll have 10 weeks to prepare,” he told the paper.
What do you think? Would Khan be a viable opponent for Mayweather to close out his career?