Amir Khan believes old rival Floyd Mayweather may only be plotting a boxing return because he has spent all of his fortune.
Mayweather officially retired in 2017 after beating UFC star Conor McGregor, but sparked comeback rumours last November after announcing he was “coming out of retirement in 2020”.
The 43-year-old – who followed a unique training regime throughout his unbeaten career – has since uploaded videos of himself back in the gym, even returning to sparring.
And Brit Khan, who tirelessly chased a fight against Mayweather but to no avail, reckons the 50-0 US star could be preparing to lace up the gloves again because he is in need of another payday.
He told World Boxing News: “I mean, Floyd Mayweather, to fight again? – At the end of the day, I don’t know.
“Floyd Mayweather is one of those fighters who might have spent up (all his money) and might have to come back to the ring again.
“He spends a lot of money, but I don’t know if he’s ever going to want to come back. As I said, maybe he’s going to.”
Mayweather is said to have earned $1billion throughout his career, but has faced accusations by McGregor and former friend 50 Cent that he has somehow blown all his cash.
The former pay-per-view king has shot down the speculation linking him with a rematch against Manny Pacquiao – who he beat in 2015 – but said he would “absolutely” face McGregor again, or UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Khan thinks 41-year-old PacMan, the current WBA welterweight champion, may be influencing Mayweather to make a return to the ring, even without fighting him.
He explained: “He’s (Floyd) been out of the ring a long time and he is getting older. You have to remember his age, he’s 43 years old.
“Obviously, you’ve still got Manny Pacquiao going at 41. Mayweather might see that and think I can keep going boxing as well.”