Mayweather’s announcement delay possibly caused by a potential change of venue
By Chris Williams: Dan Rafael of ESPN surmises that a potential reason why Floyd Mayweather Jr. hasn’t yet announced his May 3rd fight is that they could be looking at having the fight staged at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York instead of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. If Mayweather will be fighting in New York, then this could mean that Amir Khan will be his next opponent because New York has by far the largest amount of people from India and Pakistan.
Khan has a large amount of fans from India and Pakistan, as well the UK. New York is way ahead of places like California and Texas. It’s not even close.
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) February 24, 2014
Khan has been complaining about being used by Mayweather for his poll, and he’s not happy about it. But perhaps Khan had nothing to worry about after all, and he was just torturing himself needlessly.
The other reason why Mayweather might want to fight in New York is if he were to fight someone like Pauli Malignaggi, but that doesn’t make any sense at all due to Malignaggi having been recently beaten by Adrien Broner. Malignaggi is very popular in New York, though, and that would definitely be the place for Mayweather to fight if he wanted to take advantage of Malignaggi’s huge East Coast fan base. But fight fans from around the rest of the United States would likely see a Mayweather-Malignaggi fight as even more of a mismatch than Mayweather’s fight against Robert Guerrero last year. That fight didn’t do well because few fans saw it as a competitive match-up.
Rafael points out that the Mayweather-Guerrero fight promotion may have been hurt by the fact that Mayweather made a late announcement for that fight and was then forced to rush the promotion instead of taking his time like he did with the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez promotion.