FLOYD MAYWEATHER wants to "get it on" with Amir Khan – but the British boxer will not be talked out of retirement.

Khan famously chased a mega-fight with American legend Mayweather for years only to agonisingly see talks go nowhere.


The two boxing stars recently bumped into each other in Dubai and enjoyed a cordial chat on camera.

But Khan revealed that, behind the scenes, Mayweather tried to tempt him out of retiring by finally offering a fight between them.

He claimed: “Floyd said to me ‘Look, we should get it on.’

"And I said ‘Brother, tomorrow I’m going to announce my retirement.’ And he goes ‘No, I don’t think you should’.

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“Obviously, pro fighters say to you all your life ‘we should fight each other’ and they keep you on the side, on the bench and I’m like forget that man, I want to be in control of myself.

“When I call it a day, I call it a day. I don’t not call it a day because someone else is taking control like Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao say now we’ll fight you.

"Waiting around and waiting around for them so I thought nah man, I’ll do what’s best for me.”

Mayweather in 2014 put out a Twitter poll to decide his next opponent between Khan and Marcos Maidana, who the Brit beat in 2010.

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Khan won the vote but Mayweather still selected Maidana, going on to beat the Argentine twice.

The self-proclaimed "Best Ever" retired professionally in 2017 after beating UFC superstar Conor McGregor, 33.

But Mayweather, 45, continues to box in exhibition bouts and met Khan, 35, in Dubai where his latest one was due to be held.

Khan has also now hang up the gloves after bitter defeat to Kell Brook, 36, but insisted he will remain retired.

And that would also cancel out a fight with former sparring partner Pacquiao, 43, following years of their failed talks.

Khan said: “Manny’s like a friend. Obviously I think he lost the elections, he won’t be too happy.

Floyd said to me ‘Look, we should get it on.’ And I said ‘Brother, tomorrow I’m going to announce my retirement.’ And he goes ‘No, I don’t think you should’.

“It’s funny because when I called it a day from the sport, I got a couple of phone calls from Manny’s team saying, ‘Are you really retiring?’

“There’s a time when you always think the fight’s gonna happen.

"You wait, you wait, you never call retirement, you still have your eye on that fight.

“I don’t think that fight was ever gonna happen. I don’t know why they kept saying, ‘We’ll take that fight.’ It never happened.

“I think that now that I’m retiring they’ve said, ‘Are you really retiring?’

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“It was a shock to them because they thought Manny might be able to take that fight. And I’m like, ‘Hell no.’

“Now that Manny has spent all this money on the elections, I think Manny will fight, but I don’t think it will be me. I’d rather give that a miss.”

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