AMIR Khan has finally taken control of his life — after letting his friends and family cash in on his generous nature for too long.
The welterweight contender, who says he “has done his bit as a son now,” remains brutal in the boxing ring, The Sun reports.
But the former WBA and IBF world light-welterweight champion reluctantly concludes that, away from the gym, he has been too soft for his own good.
Khan, 30, cannot even begin to estimate how much of his $49 million (£30 million) career earnings have enriched the people who were supposed to be looking after his interests.
And it is only now, two months after the bitter split from his former backroom team, that he is getting to grips with his situation — having cut ties with father Shah, uncle Taz Khan and lifelong friend Saj Mohamed.
Matters came to a head after his fateful decision to step up two divisions to middleweight resulted in a sixth-round knockout defeat by Canelo Alvarez last May.
Khan believes that was when his support team decided the gravy train was about to hit the buffers.
As we chatted in his San Francisco gym, Khan admitted: “The way they left me wasn’t nice.
What really upset me was that they had been my team throughout my career but after Canelo they thought, ‘He’s had his big fight and now he’s done.’
“They thought it was their best chance to cash out so they all asked for a big redundancy cheque and they left.
“Now there is talk of me fighting Manny Pacquiao and they’re crawling back and saying, ‘Oh Amir, I’m here if you need me’.
“But it’s the end of an era where we all had good times and we all made a lot of money.
“I’m the boss of everything now, I’m the one making the decisions.”
Khan is from a traditional Muslim family and it is his marriage to Faryal Makhdoom that lies at the heart of the bitter feud.
And Khan is still suffering the repercussions.
Dad, uncle and mate Saj were…