With less than a fortnight to go until Amir Khan makes his welterweight debut in Vegas, the Bolton boxer is still hopeful of a bout with Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather before the end of the year.
Khan, who faces Puerto Rico’s Luis Collazo on the 3rd May at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, will be competing on the undercard of Mayweather’s contest with Marcos Maidana.
The former world champion insists that his aim is to headline the next big blockbuster and he has only one opponent in mind.
“By showing my skill and strengths, I believe it can force Mayweather to finally fight me near the end of his career because it will be a fight that fans call for.”
The 27-year-old boxer was left disappointed and frustrated earlier this year after the American opted to fight Maidana over himself despite winning a fans poll.
Yet now, Khan says he will still steal the show in May and show the world who should really be headlining the ‘must-see’ night of boxing.
“I want the world to see me putting the pressure on with a good performance. I want to steal the show,” Khan said.
“With the styles me and Collazo have, we can definitely do that because both of us will come to fight and it's a genuine bout that can go either way if I am not at the top of my game.”
Despite Khan’s impressive history, holding world titles and Olympic Gold, Collazo is determined to prove that there is more to the welterweight division than just Mayweather.
“Styles make fights,” he said. “He's moving up to the welterweight division and it's different from 140-pounders.
“Zab [Juddah] (who Khan has beaten in the past) is really a 140-pounder. He's not a natural welterweight and although Amir Khan is big in size let's see how he does in the welterweight division.
“I'm going to welcome him with open arms. I'm going to welcome him to the welterweight division come 3rd May.”