• Welterweight

Bradley to Khan: Let's get it on

ESPN staff
June 20, 2012
Amir Khan meets Danny Garcia next month © PA Photos

Amir Khan's long-standing pursuit of Timothy Bradley looks like it may finally bear fruit, with the WBO welterweight champion suggesting he is considering the fight.

Khan called out Bradley repeatedly during 2011, but the unbeaten American was embroiled in a dispute with Gary Shaw, his former promoter, and reluctant to agree to a Khan clash.

The Brit, who faces Danny Garcia on July 14, branded his rival a "joke" after Bradley was handed a contestable points decision - and the WBO welterweight title - against Manny Pacquiao earlier this month.

And with Bradley admitting a Pacquiao rematch looks a distant prospect, Khan may get to settle the score in the ring.

"I just want the big fights," Bradley told the Desert Sun. "If Khan is the big fight and we can make it happen, then why not? Let's do it."

Floyd Mayweather Jr, crowned the highest-paid athlete in the world earlier this week in Forbes' list, casts a shadow over the situation, however. Mayweather is currently serving an 87-day prison sentence, but when he gets out Bradley is likely to be high on his list of potential opponents - and Bradley is open to the prospect.

"If he doesn't want to face me, he doesn't have to," Bradley said. "He's all about money, 'Money' Mayweather. If it doesn't make money, it doesn't make sense.

"That would be his take: 'What kind of fans are you going to bring, Bradley?' Me having a small fan base would jeopardise me fighting him. But I'm all for it. I would love to face him because I feel he needs to learn."

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