Now that the teased showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has been put to bed, boxing star Amir Khan wants the world to know he’s prepared to do what Mayweather won’t. In an interview with FloCombat, Khan revealed that he’s not only intrigued by the prospect of fighting McGregor, but he’s also willing to do whatever it takes to turn it into a reality.
“It just depends on the weight category,” said Khan, who currently competes at 140 pounds. “But look, as a fighter, that’s a fight I would take. McGregor is a massive name in MMA, and I’m a big name in boxing, so globally I think it would be a massive fight. Sometimes, you have to put friendship aside and you have to take it in the cage or in the ring. But yeah, if that fight comes up to me, I’m not one to back away from it.”
Khan doesn’t think Mayweather would ever take a fight against McGregor and said the talks between the two was nothing more than a “publicity stunt.” Khan, on the other hand, would welcome the opportunity to step into McGregor’s world by dedicating himself fully to MMA, which is a pretty big ask for someone who has been boxing competitively since he was 11 years old.
“Even if I started to train MMA next year, I’d only be 30 years old,” said Khan. “I could stop and train for a full year and become a good MMA fighter. It’s in our blood to fight. I’ve been fighting all my life, so for me, I don’t think it’d be a problem for me to learn and switch over to the sport.”
As for predictions, Khan is a firm believer that a great boxer will always win an MMA fight. I guess there’s only one way to find out, though, huh?