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article imageManny Pacquiao next: Floyd Mayweather calls Amir Khan a 'no name'

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 17, 2014 in Sports
Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he is gunning for Manny Pacquiao and in the process threw a verbal shot at British boxer Amir Khan. Khan was hoping to be first in line to fight the American but it seems Mayweather has his eyes, and fists, trained on Pacquiao.
What did Mayweather, 37, say of the younger Khan? He told media that "no one has heard of him" and "no one knows his name." Obviously the weekend pummeling that 28-year-old Khan, 30-3, gave to Devon Alexander in Las Vegas hasn't impressed the 47-0 Mayweather.
It's the Philippine Machine, the 36-year-old Pacquiao, 57-5-2, boxing's only ever eight world division champion and the man named Fighter of the Decade last decade by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Organization, that Mayweather (finally) wants to fight. Khan will have to wait.
"The other night I think he did 4,000 (attendance) so, Amir Khan, his name holds no weight," Mayweather told reporters at the ongoing World Boxing Council convention in Las Vegas. "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."
Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: years in making
As boxing fans well know, the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bout has seemingly been in the works since 2009. There were reports, first from ESPN, that the two inked a fight agreement at that time but Pacquiao denied it and it never happened.
Other impediments included claims that Pacquiao refused to be drug-tested with Olympic style tests. There was a defamation lawsuit Pacquiao launched against Mayweather over comments the latter made concerning performance-enhancing drugs (since settled out of court). There's also been disputes about splitting the gate from any showdown between the two.
However, after beating Chris Algieri in November he told Mayweather that "The fans deserve the fight, I think it's time to make it happen." And according to Mayweather that fight looks to be happening, with a date of May 2 thrown out there.
What say Pacquiao? He and his promoter, Bob Arum, appear to be on board and negotiations are underway for what could be the richest fight in the history of the sport. Pacquiao recently said recently that Mayweather "has nowhere else to run."
Meanwhile, Khan looks to be shut out: "The Mayweather fight, I think, definitely should happen," he told Boxing Scene after his win over Alexander "I have proven myself not once, but twice."
It appears that Mayweather doesn't see it that way and won't be paying Khan any attention — at least not until after May 2
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