When Boxing Monthly last caught up with Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) the former WBA and IBF light-welterweight titlist was chasing big money showdowns in America against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather opted for Andre Berto; Pacquiao is likely to bow out after beating Tim Bradley in April, which left Khan seemingly twisting in the wind while some British fans poured cold-water scepticism over his claim that a mega-fight was within reach. Many assumed that his only other viable option was a domestic showdown with IBF welterweight title-holder Kell Brook. There were rumours that it was close at one point. However, Khan’s handlers were also locked in secret negotiations with Saul Alvarez, the lineal and WBC middleweight champion. The discussions bore fruit. Brook was left disappointed when Khan announced that he would meet ‘Canelo’ in Las Vegas on 7 May - Cinco de Mayo weekend - in a move that few saw coming. Surprises are rare in the age of social media so it was refreshing to see Alvarez-Khan come flying out of leftfield. As Khan explained, his team has learned some harsh lessons in recent years, most notably when and when not to go public about a fight. “I left it down to my team and [advisor] Al Haymon to do the deal,” explained Khan. “We kept it quiet, we never let anyone know what we were doing or risked it getting out in anyway. We learned that when stuff gets leaked out it can prevent fights from happening."