Mayweather vs. Khan will lose money, says Roach
By Scott Gilfoid: Trainer Freddie Roach thinks Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) will be asking for trouble if he selects Amir Khan b(28-3, 19 KO’s) to fight on May 3rd instead of someone popular like Manny Pacquiao. Roach doesn’t see the 27-year-old Khan as having the popularity in the United States for Mayweather to bring in the kind of pay-per-view buys that he needs to bring in by virtue of his Showtime/CBS contract.
“Amir Khan and him are not going to bring in big numbers,” Roach said to Radio Raheem. “They’re going to lose money on those shows. The thing is Showtime/CBS is in the business of making money. They need fights like Pacquiao-Mayweather to be profitable.”
I totally agree with you, Mr. Roach. I don’t see a Mayweather-Khan fight selling flies on May 3rd. Hopefully, Mayweather gets a clue and doesn’t waste his time with fighting Khan, because it’ll be a massacre in every sense of the word and I can’t even see it bringing in 800,000 PPV buys.
If Showtime/CBS blesses the Mayweather vs. Khan fight then I see them kicking themselves once they find out how dismal the PPV numbers are after the fight. The much better fight, at least money and in terms of being competitive, is Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana. That fight draws in the Hispanic audience in the U.S, brings in way more PPV buys than Khan-Mayweather, and it’s a fight that could have some drama to it if Maidana can get to Mayweather’s chin with one of his big power shots. A Mayweather-Khan fight would have zero drama, other than drama involved with Khan getting knocked out in a round or two after running all around the ring until getting nailed. I think Khan will push harder than Maidana will in building the fight, because he’ll want to increase the PPV numbers in order to take advantage of the PPV upset, if he gets a cut of it.
I also think Mayweather vs. Keith Thurman would be a much better fight than Mayweather-Khan. Thurman has the power and aggressiveness to make for a much more interesting fight than Mayweather-Khan.