Floyd Mayweather has once again refused to shed any light on a possible showdown with Manny Pacquiao after his latest victory over Marcos Maidana, and appeared to suggest that a meeting with Britain’s Amir Khan is no closer to being scheduled.
One of Mayweather’s more convincing victories did not come without its controversy as Mayweather accused his opponent of biting his hand during an eight-round clinch – replays and ringside observers appeared to support the WBC welterweight and light-middleweight champion – but it did not stop the undefeated Mayweather stretching his record to 47 wins and zero losses.
Spekaing about the alleged bite, Mayweather said: “We clinched, we came together and he bit my three fingers. My little finger was busted open. He acted like he didn’t do it, then he said I had put my glove inside his mouth.”
Khan was sat at ringside – alongside an ex-boxer not unfamiliar with biting incidents in the ring Mike Tyson – and thought that Mayweather was making a meal out of nothing until he saw the action replay.
The players in the weird world of Mayweather
The players in the weird world of Mayweather
1/5 1. 50 Cent
The rapper has sold in excess of 30 million albums worldwide. A former drug dealer and convicted felon, he was an avid boxer as a teenager. Long-time friend and business partner of Mayweather, but the pair split in 2012. 50 Cent claims Mayweather owes him $2m.
2/5 2. Shantel Jackson
Mayweather’s former partner of six years. She has started legal proceedings against the boxer for “beating her, threatening to shoot her in the foot and shaming her on social media”. 50 Cent asserts she is now in a relationship with Nelly.
3/5 3. Nelly
World famous rapper has been photographed with Mayweather in nightclubs over the past few years, but has become engulfed in a bitter feud with the boxer over allegations that he is sleeping with Shantel Jackson. Nelly has written a song called Thanks To My Ex featuring barbed lyrics directed at Mayweather.
4/5 4. T.I.
American rapper whose wife is alleged to have slept with Mayweather, an assertion the boxer denies.
5/5 5. Dr Seuss
The author of 46 children’s books including bestsellers The Cat In The Hat and Green Eggs And Ham, which 50 Cent last week challenged Mayweather to read aloud.
“Tyson’s eyes lit up when it happened,” said Khan. “But it’s wrong. You should respect the sport of boxing. Bites and elbows, that’s something I’ve never done in my career. I was very surprised. I thought Mayweather was making it up but when I saw the slow motion it was really bad.”
“Maidana was doing well, Mayweather wasn’t schooling him like people were saying. He was getting some shots in. It can happen to anyone [getting that frustrated] but it is how you deal with it mentally. I thought Mayweather was just coming up with excuses. It seemed strange because he was complaining a lot. When I saw the replay I put my hands up, because I was wrong.”
While Khan has been linked with a Wembley Stadium ‘superfight’ against Kell Brook next summer, it is the crack at ending Mayweather’s streak that the Bolton-born boxer really wants. He has made no secret of his desire to do so having been overlooked by ‘Money’ Mayweather not once but twice, as the American elected to fight Maidana in back-to-back bouts this year. Despite a split-decision being awarded to Mayweather last time out, this performance left little doubt in the minds of anyone who doubted who had won the first encounter and put an end to the rivalry.
Having said in 2013 he would be happy to fight Khan, Mayweather added: “Amir Khan is a very good fighter. But when he was an amateur, I was a champion. When he turned pro, I was a champion. When he got knocked out, I was a champion. When he got knocked out again, I was a champion. And I’m still a champion.”
So what of the fight everyone wants to see? Mayweather appeared to suggest he would be happy to fight Pacquiao – a meeting that should have already happened over the past five years – only to add that he will do what’s best for himself and not the fans of the sport.
“I’m going to talk to my team and if the Pacquiao fight presents itself, let’s make it happen,” said Mayweather immediately after the Maidana win.
But he added in a later press conference: “I don’t really think about Pacquiao. I don’t really know him. I wish him all the best but I couldn’t care less about Manny Pacquiao. I am only focused on Floyd Mayweather. If it happens, it happens.”Reuse content