Amir Khan (30-3, 19KOs) recently moved up to 147-pounds last year and is already eying an additional move up. Khan went to twitter and made it clear that he wouldn’t hesitate to accept a fight with WBC Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32KOs) at a catch-weight of 155-pounds. Showtime Sports head Stephen Espinoza recently confirmed that Khan and Cotto are the backup options for Floyd Mayweather Jr. if Mayweather never reaches a deal with Manny Pacquiao for May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
To insiders, Khan’s posts may be an attempt at applying pressure on Mayweather to hurry up and make a move to fight him or Pacquiao. Khan is ready to fight and is keeping his options open, writing: “Khan vs. Miguel Cotto. I’d take that fight in a heartbeat at a catch-weight 155lbs for the WBC Middleweight title. Stylistically, Cotto would be a great fight for me. He’s a great champion.”
Khan is a former two-time world champion who has won WBA, WBA-Super and IBF Light Welterweight titles. However, jumping up to Middleweight for Cotto might be a stretch. Cotto is brawnier than Khan and is widely considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in history. In addition, Cotto has won titles in 4 different weight classes. Most recently, he earned a WBC Middleweight title when he TKO’d Sergio Martinez on June 7th, 2014.
Cotto has yet to release a statement but if he does agree to fight Amir Khan, his title will be on the line. Chances are he is not going to take Khan’s bait because if he wins, he was expected to. If he isn’t so lucky, he loses his belt to a lighter fighter which would not look good. On the other hand, Amir Khan is jumping at the chance because if he wins he gets a belt and if he loses he can blame the weight class.