Mayweather vs Khan set for May 3

02/10/2013 17:25

Amir Khan (28-3) looks set to face P4P No.1 Floyd Mayweather (45-0) on May 3 2014, possibly at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

The venue is unlikely to be in the UK, mainly because of tax reasons.

This will be the third fight for Mayweather since signing for showtime and it is likely to do big numbers in both the US and UK though unlikely to do greater numbers in the US than the Alvarez clash.

The fight is expected to fetch $200 million, with Khan's purse believed to be around $6 million - although with TV buys on both sides of the pond it could more than double.

Khan had been in negotiations for a clash with IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander in December. However, it seems that the Bolton fighter has opted out and instead Alexander is now being lined up to defend his title against veteran Zab Judah at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York along with Paulie Malignaggi vs Shawn Porter.

There will be criticism that Khan is ducking out of the Alexander clash, which seemed a genuine 50-50 fight, although you can't blame him for wanting the Mayweather fight, which is undoubtedly the biggest of his career both in terms of the level of opposition and the pay cheque, Khan has not done enough to rebuild his career after losing two successive light welterweight world title fights to Danny Garcia by 4th round TKO in July 2012 and a split decision defeat to Lamont Peterson in December 2011, considering he was knocked down in the 4th round on his way to a unconvincing points win over Julio diaz, a past his prime former lightweight champion, in his last outing in April.

Many feel Khan is being given his opportunity thanks to the belief in the US that his speed will present a unique test to Mayweather.

Whether that is enough to overcome the craft and experience of Mayweather seems unlikely at this point.

Throughout his career Mayweather has dealt with each and every style and size put in front of him from 130 to 154lbs. 

Mayweather's last outing was at a catchweight of 152lbs, when he dominated Saul Alvarez winning by unanimous decision last month, though it is likely a clash with Khan will be at 147lbs with Floyd's WBC welterweight belt on the line.