Khan a potential opponent for Pacquiao for November, and Canelo for 2015
By Scott Gilfoid: Manny Pacquiao could be one of the biggest beneficiaries if Oscar De La Hoya ends the Golden Boy Promotions – Golden Boy Promotions rift, as the huge pool of Golden Boy fighters could potentially be available to fight the 35-year-old Pacquiao before his career winds down. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is counting on De La Hoya fixing the relationship before Pacquiao’s next fight in November, as Arum says that Amir Khan is one of the guys that he’d like to match against Pacquiao if he can’t get Juan Manuel Marquez to agree to take the fight.
Arum is also very interested in matching Pacquiao against Golden Boy’s No.1 fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but he doesn’t think that Canelo will be ready to take the fight with Pacquiao in November because Canelo has a fight against Erislandy Lara on July 12th.
“We will see which of these welterweights have been fighting for Golden Boy or on the contract to Golden Boy that Oscar can produce,” Arum said. “Once we learn that, we can review those fighters. It could be Amir Khan. Canelo [Alvarez] is fighting too late. He’s fighting in July. So for November, Canelo wouldn’t be right. But maybe sometime next year.”
If Khan’s adviser Al Haymon lets him take the fight with Pacquiao, he’d be getting a career high payday. After all this time, Khan would finally be getting a taste of the good money. Yeah, he’ll probably get wiped out in 2 or 3 rounds by Manny, but at least it would be a good cash out fight for Khan, especially if Arum gives Khan a small taste of the PPV upside for the fight. Khan could walk away with between $6-8 million to be Pacquiao’s B-side opponent. With that kind of green, Khan could sit back and wait around for big fights to fall into his lap the way that Pacquiao’s past opponents have done like Joshua Clottey.
Golden Boy won’t have to drag Canelo into the ring with Pacquiao because he very much wants to fight Pacquiao. The only issue with a fight between those two is what weight the fight would take place at. If Pacquiao looks to get a weight advantage against Pacquiao by dragging him to 150 to fight him. Canelo would be too weak to put up much of a fight, and Pacquiao would win the fight just based on the catch-weight rather than what took place in the ring.
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