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Mayweather: No one has heard of Amir Khan

ESPN staff
December 17, 2014
Floyd Mayweather says he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 2 next year © AP
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Floyd Mayweather has poured scorn on Amir Khan's chances of securing a super-fight with him because "no one has heard" of the Briton.

Khan was hopeful of getting a shot at Mayweather after his convincing victory over Devon Alexander in Las Vegas last weekend, but the pound-for-pound champion has once again insisted he wants to fight welterweight rival Manny Pacquiao.

"I feel like I proved to everyone that I deserved that [Mayweather] fight," Khan said after Saturday's unanimous decision victory over Alexander at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

But Mayweather has insisted Khan's inability to draw a huge crowd at boxing's glitziest venue showed there was little interest in the Briton.

"The other night I think he did 4,000 [attendance], so, Amir Khan, his name holds no weight," Mayweather said at the World Boxing Council convention. "No one knows who Amir Khan is, except for people who are involved in boxing.

"My focus is Manny Pacquiao. Let's make it happen."

A Mayweather v Pacquiao super-fight has been five years in the making and the subject of numerous broken promises, but the rhetoric between the fighters has ramped up in recent weeks, leading to hopes a deal can be agreed.

Pacquiao has called out Mayweather on Twitter, saying boxing fans have "waited too long" for a fight between the pair.

Mayweather, however, has accused Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum of "fooling the public for years" over two proposed fights, repeating claims that the Filipino rejected calls for random blood and urine testing and an offer of $40 million to enter the ring.

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