Khan: I could be facing Mayweather next
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan said tonight that he could possibly be facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. next. He says his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions are currently in negotiations for his next fight.
Khan said “It [the Mayweather fight] could be next or one fight away. I think I’ll be a lot stronger at 147. I was realty draining myself to make 140. I walk around at 155. I’ll be able to take shots better. I’m in negotiations. I should know in a couple of weeks.”
I actually like this fight for both guys. It’s a better fight for Mayweather than fighting WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez because at least Khan would be fighting more or less at the same weight as Mayweather. You can’t say that with Canelo. I like the idea of both Mayweather and Khan having blazing hand speed, and I think it would be more interesting for boxing fans than seeing Mayweather fighting a guy that should be parked at light heavyweight in Canelo Alvarez.
Khan also said his ability to take shots would be better when he moved up to light welterweight from the lightweight division. Unfortunately for Khan his chin looked no better at 140 than it as at 135. He was badly hurt by Marcos Maidana in their fight in December 2010. Khan was then fed a lot of weak punchers until he met up with Danny Garcia last year in July, and Khan was stopped in the 4th round.
In Khan’s last fight against Julio Diaz last month, Khan was hurt at least three times in the fight by big shots from Diaz. We can theorize that Khan’s chin wasn’t getter after he moved up to 140, and I suspect it won’t be any better after he moves up to 147.
I just hope Khan doesn’t continue to kid himself by think it’s about weight. Khan can move up to 154 if he wants, and I’d be willing to be he’d be getting hurt just as much at that weight than he was at 147. It’s not about weight; it’s about Khan’s ability to take big shots.