The 37-year-old Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) will again throw fists with Marcos Maidana on September 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Meanwhile, roughly two months later on November 23, the 35-year-old Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) will meet ballsy New Yorker Chris Algieri at the Venetian Casino & Resort in Macau, China.
“Someone has to take their place. Mayweather would be a very technical fight, like a game of chess. But I think Manny would be harder. He’s much more aggressive and it would be more intense. But with my trainer Virgil Hunter I’m a much better and more defensive fighter.”
Following a 13-month absence, Khan most recently vacated the squared circle in May after universally outscoring tough Puerto Rican Luis Collazo.
Competing as a welterweight, Khan floored the 33-year-old Collazo (35-6, 18 KOs) in the third and twice in the 10th to win by counts of 119-104, 119-104 and 117-106.
Still, despite the landslide outcome, “King Khan” again proved to be a human chandelier and was nearly rendered unconscious by Collazo in the eighth round.
To his credit, Khan persevered and showed much faster hands, good movement, and solid power.
Shelved this summer while observing Ramadan, Khan is expected to reenter the ring in December versus either Robert Guerrero or Devon Alexander.
While both Mayweather and Pacquiao will emerge victorious in their upcoming bouts, Khan’s future is precarious because he is fragile and possesses a glass jaw.
Far removed from being “a much better and more defensive fighter,” Amir Khan is a middling presence in the professional ranks.