Why Mayweather vs. Khan will happen on May 3rd
By Saqib Khan: Floyd Mayweather Jr. has beaten Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Robert Guerrero in his last two fights, and both of which were one-sided affairs that were largely boring to watch for fans. These guys were highly rated, yet the fights still ended up with Mayweather easily winning them. That’s where the argument for Amir Khan comes in. Win or lose, Amir always comes to fight, he’s very exciting and has a massive hard throwing variety of combinations. He also possesses a suspect chin, so basically anything can happen.
At least we can see Mayweather knocking out an opponent or Mayweather on the back foot taking punishment for a few round against Khan before he turns it around and tops him.
There is also talk of Marcos Maidana fighting Mayweather. This fight is more of a farce than any. Maidana has just beaten in my eyes a light welterweight in Adrien Broner from last month. When Maidana faced Khan in 2010, he got dropped and out-boxed until the tenth round when he was able to hurt Khan with a jarring right hand. Do you really think Mayweather will get hit and hurt like Khan did in the 10th? Maidana also has also loss to Devon Alexander at 147 from last year in February. Alexander was just beaten by Shawn Porter and lost his IBF welterweight title in the process. Porter has a draw and a victory over Khan’s last opponent Julio Diaz.
Fighters like Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao deserve the fight against Mayweather more than Khan, BUT FORGET THEM; Mayweather will never fight a Bob Arum fighter. He’s made that clear recently. So we have to look at Golden Boy fighters like Khan or Maidana.
Shawn Porter is still largely an unknown fighter, who will need more high profile fights before he’s ready to fight someone like Mayweather. Paulie Malignaggi isn’t ideal for Mayweather either A rematch between Victor Ortiz and Mayweather is out of the question. Please.
I think the majority of the fight fans would agree with me that if we could choose we would pit Mayweather with Ruslan Provodnikov. I had Provodnikov beating Tim Bradley last year.
Boxing is a business as well and Khan arguably brings more viewers than the rest of the guys that Mayweather can fight, like Maidana or Danny Garcia for his next bout on May 3rd. Just like Carl Froch and Ricky Hatton had the country of England behind them in their fights against opposition from the United States. Khan has a lot of fans in the UK that will be backing him. His fans in UK are a mix of races. Khan also has a lot of fans in Pakistan, India and the Middle East, where his popularity in Dubai has sky rocketed.
Mayweather is a very smart business man; he knows Khan will come to fight and he will bring in large white/Asian/ Muslim audience in U.S and globally. Plus, Mayweather will bring in the Khan haters, who just want to see Khan to do the Bambi dance he did against Breidis Prescott in his 1st round knockout loss to him in 2008. At every level this fight [Mayweather-Khan] makes sense. I just hope when Amir fights Mayweather on May 3rd that it doesn’t wind up being as boring as Mayweather’s last two fights against Canelo and Guerrero.
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