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Mayweather ready to spring a surprise

ESPN staff
July 2, 2014
Khan faces off with Luis Collazo on the undercard for Mayweather's fight with Maidana © Getty Images

Amir Khan's hopes of fighting Floyd Mayweather look fainter than ever with the pound-for-pound No.1 set for a rematch with Marcos Maidana.

Argentine fighter Maidana gave Mayweather a tougher than expected workout in Las Vegas in May, with Khan defeating Luis Collazo on the undercard. Maidana adopted a policy of all-out attack against Mayweather, who is the world's highest-paid sportsperson, but the American fought back to win on a majority points decision.

While no official announcement of a rematch has been made, Mayweather - the WBC and WBA welterweight champion - let slip his plans at an awards ceremony on Sunday.

"September 13, back to business, Marcos Maidana v Floyd Mayweather part two," he said. "Then in May, I'll have a big surprise for you."

The "big surprise" could be a long-awaited clash with Manny Pacquiao, but Khan had hoped to fight Mayweather then, after ruling himself out of a September bout because he did not want to train while fasting for Ramadan.

Mayweather's decision to fight Maidana is good news for at least one British fighter. The move has cleared the way for Kell Brook to finally get his shot at Shawn Porter, the IBF welterweight champion, who had been on Mayweather's shortlist.

The Brook-Porter fight could go ahead on September 6, possibly in Los Angeles, after an original date of August 9 fell through.

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