Provided he trumps substandard Mexican Carlos Molina on Dec. 15 at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, Amir Khan is excited at the prospect of battling a boxing legend like Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather at some point in 2013.
Khan (26-3, 18 KOs), a Pakistani-British boxer who at 17 became the youngest Englishman to win an Olympic medal when he captured silver as a lightweight at the 2004 games in Greece, relinquished his WBA world light welterweight belt in July by suffering a brutal fourth-round TKO loss to WBC light welterweight champion “Swift” Danny Garcia at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
After being battered by Garcia (24-0, 15 KOs), “King Khan” decided to stop working with Boxing Hall of Famer Freddie Roach and instead hired reigning Boxing Writers Association of America trainer of the year Virgil Hunter.
"It's one of the steps I have to take to fight the best out there, the likes of [Floyd] Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao," said Khan, 25, who had teamed with Roach since 2008 and became one of the most youthful British world champs ever at the age of 22. "But I'm taking it one step at a time, I'm not looking at the big fights. This fight for me is a huge fight. I need to win this fight first and move on to bigger and better things.”
Khan, who along with his younger brother, Haroon, successfully managed to fight off armed thugs trying to steal the former titlist’s expensive Range Rover last week in Birmingham, England, continued emphasizing his newfound determination.
"I'm hungry to become a world champion again, so it's all about beating these guys up, getting my titles back again and facing one of the super-names."
The 33-year-old Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), voted “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA, will throw fists with Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
In stark contrast to “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines,” the 35-year-old Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, hasn’t made plans since being allowed back onto the streets as a convicted domestic abuser.
Unfortunately for the battered bloke, “The Choir Boy” was not the issue.
Either “one of the super-names,” Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather, would easily bludgeon Amir Khan and knock the human chandelier onto Queer Street at any given moment in a scrap.