Mayweather wants Broner and Khan to fight on his undercard
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like Amir Khan won’t have to keep talking about wanting to fight Adrien Broner on Floyd Mayweather Jr’s undercard on May 3rd, because Mayweather said today that he wants Khan to face Broner on his undercard in a catch-weight fight at 144 lbs rather than the full weight for the welterweight division. Khan is moving up in weight to the 147 lb division, but Mayweather is under the impression that Broner is moving down to 140.
I’m not sure that’s what the deal is because Broner hasn’t said anything about wanting to fight at light welterweight, at least not yet. It may come to that if he gets beaten by Marcos Maidana when they eventually get around to facing each other.
“I think Amir Khan and Adrien Broner is fighting on my undercard, but what I think should happen is, I think Amir Khan should face Adrien Broner,” Mayweather said to Fighthype. “I think that’ll be a good matchup.”
Mayweather is right. Khan vs. Broner is an excellent match-up for his undercard, and it might be an even better co-feature than the Lucas Matthysse vs. Danny Garcia fight that took place on Mayweather’d undercard for his last fight. The Garcia-Matthysse fight failed to live up to the huge billing due to Garcia’s clinching and running. But Khan-Broner would be a fight that would be guaranteed action without one of them ruining it by running or trying to stall out the fight by holding 24/7.
The one holdup that might potentially mess up a Broner-Khan fight is Khan’s latest tweet where he said that he’d fight Broner on Mayweather’s undercard on May 3rd if Mayweather would agree to fight him at a later date. I don’t think Mayweather is going to agree to that. Even if he wanted to fight Khan, a request like that would put Mayweather off to where he won’t agree to it. Khan would likely have to forget about trying to wrangle a deal out of Mayweather to fight on his undercard. But in truth, Khan really doesn’t need to ask for a guarantee that he’ll get a fight against Mayweather, because I think it’s pretty obvious that Mayweather is going to eventually fight Khan as long as he doesn’t get whipped in his next fight or two.
Khan just needs to stay patient and keep his trap shut, and he’ll get the fight against Mayweather. Of course, he’ll have to beat Broner in his next fight, and that’s no easy task. But beating Broner seems to be the path to a fight against Mayweather, as we’re seeing with Maidana. If Khan beats Broner on May 3rd, then I think the chances are fairly good that he’ll get the fight with Mayweather. It’s too bad Khan can’t fight Mayweather in September, because that messes things up for Khan. It means that he won’t get a chance to fight Mayweather until 2015 unless Mayweather changes his mind about wanting to fight in September.
Mayweather probably won’t do that. He’ll stick to his September fight date, and Khan will just need to fight someone else when he returns to the ring in November or December. With Khan, it’s risky for him to be facing anyone. That’s why it’s too bad that his religious holiday will be getting in the way of a fight against Mayweather in September, because that would be the perfect time for Khan to fight him. After a win over Broner, people will be really interested in seeing Khan and Mayweather fight as soon as possible.
If Khan can’t take the fight in September then a lot of the interest will cool down by the time he eventually faces Mayweather in 2015. Besides that, Khan might lose to whoever he faces in November or December. I mean, if a fighter like Julio Diaz was able to pretty much beat Khan then there’s really no safe fights at all for Khan unless Golden Boy Promotions wants to trot out little lightweight Carlos Molina again for Khan to beat. I’m sure Golden Boy can pool from the lightweight division to find a small 135 lb fighter weak and small enough for Khan to safely beat him while he waits on the Mayweather fight in 2015. But if I was Khan, I’d take the fight with Mayweather in September even if I wasn’t in the best of shape.