Khan takes lead over Maidana in voting for Mayweather fight
Ahead on votes by fans around the world who want to see Mayweather V Khan. All vote are on… http://t.co/BRZYRh4Es3
— Amir Khan (@AmirKingKhan) February 6, 2014
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) is crowing on his twitter page about him having taken over what was thought to have been an insurmountable lead by WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) in vote for who will be the next opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) on May 3rd. Maidana previously had 69 percent of the vote just two days ago, but Khan’s fans have been really pushing hard to people to vote Khan in for the fight and it’s worked. Khan has made up the difference and now had a small lead over Maidana.
As you can see, Khan is actively encouraging his many thousands of twitter fans to click on the Mayweather Promotions link and cast their vote to get him the fight, as if he has a chance to win it. This is basically just a payday fight for Khan, because he stands essentially no chance of beating the talented Mayweather on May 3rd. This poll is more about selecting the next victim for Mayweather than anything else. The winner gets royally clowned by Floyd in front of a monstrous worldwide audience.
In another poll that is being conducted by ESPN, Maidana is totally wiping out Khan by a 62% to 38% lead. Khan isn’t even close in this poll, and all I can think is that the reason why he’s not doing well is because his fans aren’t working hard to get him more votes. The ESPN poll is just normal people casing their votes without there being any reason to try and game the system. It is what it is.
I never really expected Maidana to be able to beat Khan in a vote. When Mayweather came up with this idea, he basically gave the fight to Khan, because Maidana doesn’t have kind of fan base that stretches into multiple countries around the world the way that Khan does with his popularity in UK, Pakistan and India. Two of those countries have mammoth populations, and Maidana could never hope to compete in a vote that is open to the entire world.
It’s too bad that Maidana probably won’t get the Mayweather fight, because he really is the more deserving fighter of the two. If getting beaten in 2 out of your last 4 fights gets you a fight with Mayweather, then that’s a sad statement about boxing.