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Mayweather may name challenger this week: report

AFP, GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan

Floyd Mayweather Jr, right, hits Canelo Alvarez in the seventh round of their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight on Sept. 14 in Las Vegas.

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Unbeaten US fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr hinted that the identity of his next foe, speculated to be Britain’s Amir Khan, could be revealed this week.

In a report on Tuesday on the MLive Media Group Web site from Mayweather’s home state of Michigan, Mayweather was quoted as saying last week that this week could be a big one.

Asked about his fight future on Nov. 27, Mayweather said, “Next week. I’m looking forward to next week. But as for me right now I’m not thinking about boxing.”

Mayweather, 45-0 with 26 knockouts, is expected to fight on May 3 of next year in his first bout since taking the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association light middleweight titles in a 12-round majority decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 14.

Khan became the top speculative candidate after he failed to sign a deal that appeared set to face American Devon Alexander on Saturday, the talk being that he did not want to risk a chance for a big-money fight with Mayweather by taking on Alexander first.

While both camps denied that was the case, the move meant Khan has fought only once this year, the fewest bouts of any year in his career. His last bout was a unanimous decision victory in April over Mexico’s Julio Diaz.

Asked about facing Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao, the fighter that boxing fans have wanted Mayweather to fight for several years, the 36-year-old champion only replied: “Who?”

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