Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO) will take on Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KO) for the WBC Silver Welterweight title Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 9 pm ET. Most of the public and the press are viewing this fight as an unofficial elimination bout for the pound-for-pound king, which would verify the winner as Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s next opponent.
A victory for Khan this Saturday would give him the real chance he needs to net the fight of his life against Floyd Mayweather. Khan has wanted to get in the ring with Mayweather for well over a year and was actually considered a finalist to take on Mayweather earlier this year. However, Khan’s observance of Ramadan took him out of the running for their September date.
Mayweather is now 47-0 and wants retire at 50-0, so in order for Khan to remain a possibility for one of Mayweather’s remaining bouts, he must beat Alexander. As Khan found out earlier this year after beating Luis Collazo, winning will not guarantee him a shot at Floyd Mayweather.
Khan is not the only fighter calling for Floyd Mayweather. Keith Thurman (23-0), who’s fighting Leonard Bundus in the co-main event of the quadruple-header airing on Showtime, is also expecting to fight Mayweather.
During a prefight workout, Thurman was asked by Tattoo of 93.5 KDAY in Los Angeles who he would like to fight next year. “I want Mayweather,” said Thurman. “I want the top dog. He’s getting old and I want to fight him before he retires.” Thurman is young and undefeated, so he may too entice a fight with Mayweather. However, Amir Khan realizes that getting a fight against Floyd Mayweather may not happen. If not, he’s looking to face ring king Manny Pacquiao.
Khan’s new promoter, Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions, would like Khan to face Mayweather and/or Pacquiao: “I’m pushing for a Pacquiao fight,” De La Hoya told Kevin Mitchell of The Guardian, “And I’m also pushing for a Mayweather fight.” Khan has high hopes and with a victory on Saturday, it will be interesting to hear the responses from Mayweather and Pacquiao’s camps.