Let’s get real folks, Thurman is nowhere near ready for Floyd Mayweather
By Daven: All over the internet I read people genuinely expressing their desire to see Keith Thurman go one on one with the best active fighter around today. The very notion that Thurman could collide with Money May in September is ludicrous for several reasons but I will cite the three major reasons in my article.
First of all Thurman has a mediocre following at best. Only die hard boxing fans especially from the United States and the United Kingdom are aware of his existence as well as talents. One could be the greatest technician or knock-out artist in the game but without any mainstream interest you’re simply expendable.
Keith “One Time” Thurman falls under this category. Essentially Mayweather the prudent businessman sees absolutely zero positives in fighting the widely unknown knock out artist anytime soon. Hence why Thurman was never in the running as an opponent for May 3rd. All in all Thurman really needs to consolidate his name and should be badgering Golden Boy to get him three fights for 2014 against worthy opposition.
Names like Alexander, Collazo, Porter, Paulie and Guerrero are all attainable and I see all these potential bouts as being challenging for Thurman. However I do believe Thurman can overcome all of the aforementioned men; it’s just a case of him getting the opportunity to shine. With three solid victories over these big names Thurman would lead the pack in regards to fighting Money next year.
In addition Floyd would not receive a great purse (relatively speaking) for the honor of going up against the lethal puncher. The risk is greater than the reward a paradigm that Mayweather rightly objects too. Furthermore and most importantly Floyd would receive seldom credit for electing to fight Thurman, from the boxing community due to the fact Keith has little professional experience as of now. Let’s face it If Floyd was to dominate and win like he did against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez he would not be praised for delivering the goods; he would in fact be accused of taking an easy fight against another rookie. Why should Floyd fall for that one again?
Last but not least Mayweather wants Thurman to prove to the world that he is the real deal. Remember Lucas Matthysse? He was supposed to be the guy to beat Floyd yet he could not even get past a B – fighter in Danny Garcia. Obviously the Money team is impressed with Thurman’s rise thus far but until he steps up and faces a couple of top ten guys he really cannot be considered to be a viable threat to the P4P king.
In closing all of the people who think Thurman deserves a shot at the king, really need to re consider because the guy is an unknown quantity like Kell Brook at world level that is. Let’s all be patient and hope Keith can have a sparkling year and consequently we can look forward to seeing him face the best boxer on the planet. Thurman versus Mayweather could potentially be a real classic, we just need to make sure both men are world class fighters and not merely one.
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