World Boxing Association welterweight champion Marcos Maidana had held a lead in the voting on Mayweather’s online poll, but when the voting ended on Sunday, Khan had swept past him with 20,105 votes to 15,474.
Although unbeaten, Mayweather had invited fans to choose between Khan and Maidana as his foe for a May 3 Las Vegas bout, it wasn’t immediately clear if a Mayweather-Khan clash is indeed now a given.
At 45-0 with 26 knockouts, Mayweather is approaching the 46-0 career mark of retired Welsh star Joe Calzaghe and the iconic 49-0 mark of heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano.
Mayweather beat Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez last September in his most recent bout for the WBA and World Boxing Council light middleweight titles. He has contract for four more fights in the next 2 1/2 years.
Khan, a former WBC and International Boxing Federation light-welterweight world champion, opted out of a December fight against Devon Alexander, fuelling speculation he would be Mayweather’s next opponent.
He last fought in April of 2013 when he beat Julio Diaz.