Amir Khan was an interested ringside observer on Saturday night as his former conqueror Danny Garcia bested Robert Guerrero over 12 rounds at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California.
Khan was stopped in 4 rounds by Garcia back in 2012 when both men campaigned in the super-lightweight division, and with Garcia recently making the jump up in weight to join the British fighter at welterweight there has been some talk of a rematch.
While Khan was there to take a closer look at a potential future opponent, the former apple of his eye, Floyd Mayweather Jr., was present to find out who would succeed him as WBC welterweight champion.
Mayweather had vacated the green belt upon his retirement, and the bout pitting Garcia against Floyd’s 2013 victim, Guerrero, had been sanctioned as a title fight by the Mexico City based organization.
With Khan and Mayweather in such close proximity there was always the possibility of some form of an altercation.
The pair have a lengthy history with one another stemming from the fact that the Bolton boxer had pursued a fight with Floyd for several years only to be continually snubbed by the Pay-per-view king. At times during that chase it even seemed as though “Money May” was stringing the Olympic silver-medallist along, teasing him with a dream bout that would never become a reality just for his own entertainment.
According to Khan, Mayweather was once again in the mood to antagonize on Saturday night, and this resulted in a heated verbal exchange.
“He was sat in front of me, and he looked back and he said ‘is this the guy[referring to Garcia] that beat you? Is this the guy that beat you?'” Khan told Elie Seckbach. “So then we started going at it”.
Predictably Khan’s response was to question why Mayweather had never chosen him as an opponent.“‘I said, I said ‘answer me one question, why wouldn’t you fight me?’ And he didn’t have an answer,” said Amir.
“He then started to shout quite loudly and started some commotion, and everything. Literally, I shut him up. I put him in his place. I said ‘look if you want to fight, I’m here'”
“He just started screaming, I couldn’t understand half the stuff he was saying. I remember him bringing the money, his money in, saying ‘look, I make 300 million a fight, you can’t touch me. No one can be like me, I’m the best.’ I think he’s just living in his own hype really”.
You can hear Amir Khan’s full-version of events below.