UK Paper Reporting Mayweather-Khan Is On, But Showtime, Khan Say NO
A report in the UK Daily Mail says that Floyd Mayweather has officially chosen his next foe.
Brit hitter Amir Khan will get the coveted slot, on May 3, 2014, the Mail reporter Jeff Powell writes.
I messaged Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza to confirm or deny the newspaper report. He was quoted in the story, but told me, "I haven't spoken to the Daily Mail at all."
So, has a Mayweather-Khan fight been made? "Not to my knowledge."
After that statement, he checked back in a few minutes. "I just saw the article," Espinoza said. "None of that is true."
A couple hours after the Mail story, Team Khan out out a statement, which I read in The Guardian:
"Team Khan would like to dispel recent reports that Amir Khan has pulled out of a potential match-up against Devon Alexander on December 7th, taking up a fight against Floyd Mayweather in May of next year instead. Contrary to this story, Amir Khan is currently in training camp in San Francisco with the aim of fighting again in December against Alexander once an agreement can be reached."
We talked about the Mayweather-Khan potential bout last Friday, you will recall. Stay tuned to see if this is a premature jumping of the gun, or a rumor run amuck, or what...