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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Amir Khan still has Floyd Mayweather in sights

Amir Khan during the media workout at the Gloves Community Centre, Bolton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 24, 2014. Amir Khan will fight Luis Collazo on Floyd Mayweather's undercard in Las Vegas on May 3, Khan's management team have announced. See PA story BOXING Khan. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Amir Khan during the media workout at the Gloves Community Centre, Bolton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 24, 2014. Amir Khan will fight Luis Collazo on Floyd Mayweather's undercard in Las Vegas on May 3, Khan's management team have announced. See PA story BOXING Khan. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Amir Khan has vowed to earn a fight with Floyd Mayweather on his own terms as he prepares to end what will be a 13-month absence from the ring with a place on the superstar's undercard in Las Vegas on May 3.

Khan will make his welterweight debut against American Luis Collazo, who pushed Ricky Hatton all the way in Hatton's own 147lbs bow six years ago before the Manchester man edged a disputed points verdict.

Khan has admitted making mistakes in his relentless pursuit of Mayweather, including passing up a shot at the then IBF champion Devon Alexander last year, before Mayweather chose instead to face former Khan foe Marcos Maidana.

Khan, who has not fought since a poor points win over Julio Diaz in Sheffield last April, said: "I do regret a few things and I should have taken the Alexander fight because I'd have been a world champion now. Obviously that didn't happen then the Mayweather fight fell through. I should have got one more fight in and it's a mistake I will never make again.

"Mayweather decided not to take the fight with me, probably because he thought I would be the first to take away his unbeaten record and is now fighting somebody I've already beaten.

"I think the fight with Mayweather will happen one day, but I'm not rushing and it will happen when I'm ready.

"I've spoken to Floyd and he's told me it's nothing personal and he still wants to fight me, but I'm not going to think about that. The whole thing has improved me physically and mentally and I am ready to come back."

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