AMIR KHAN spent the best years of his career chasing a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao.
Now he has found a pot of gold big enough to entice Pacquiao into a fight in Saudi Arabia.
But he is still an afterthought for ‘Pacman’ after the 40-year-old Filipino great claimed the WBA welterweight title by rolling back the years to beat Keith Thurman last week.
Amir Khan, 32, said he was “misinformed” about his claim that Pacquiao had signed for a November fight in Jeddah.
Pacquiao’s people haven’t even held any serious discussions with representatives in the oil-rich nation.
The only thing Khan is “misinformed” about his belief he is the biggest attraction for Pacquiao.
Maybe the money might still entice the eight-weight world champion to the Middle East.
But by beating Thurman he is still mixing it with the elite in the welterweight division.
Sadly, Khan is no longer at that level.
“The only thing Khan is “misinformed” about his belief he is the biggest attraction for Pacquiao”
He has had a stellar career which was kick-started by an Olympic silver medal at 17 in 2004 and followed up with world titles at light-welterweight in the pro ranks.
Khan has been one of the best British fighters of his era – and certainly the most entertaining in the last decade.
He has never shirked a challenge, even when it was as foolish as going up to close to middleweight to take on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
This year he dared to be great once more by challenging WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
But that was the night his career ended as a serious threat to the big boys at 10st 7lb.
It has been sad to see such a fine fighter almost going as far as begging Pacquiao to share a ring with him.
Pacquiao has been too busy in social media exchanges with Mayweather to worry about Khan.
He desperately wants a rematch with the American great after he was comfortably outpointed by him in the richest fight in history back in 2015.
The Filipino claimed he had a shoulder injury that night but he was never going to beat Mayweather in that form.
But now it may be a closer and more exciting fight if they met again.
Mayweather is now 42 and out of the ring since his 2015 win over Andre Berto – ignoring his glorified exhibition with Conor McGregor in 2017 – so can’t be as good as he was.
It may be like a veterans’ match at their age but any boxing fan who says they wouldn’t watch it are kidding themselves.