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The Mayweather Effect!

Floyd Mayweather JrBy Thomas Drury: Floyd Mayweather Jr is the greatest boxer of the modern era, I will never tire of watching him show off his pugilistic talent and when that time comes when he hangs up the gloves boxing fans around the globe and the sport itself will feel the impact of Floyd’s absence, his flashy, arrogant personality, his god given talent, his entertaining interviews and 24/7 appearances leading up to his anticipated fights, not to mention the exposure boxing will lose by the absence of its biggest superstar.

Recently I have come to the conclusion Mayweather is having a detrimental effect on the fighters that participate in our sport especially the fighters that occupy the welterweight and light-middleweight divisions, it seems the fighters have only one goal, to receive that lottery like payday that only Floyd Mayweather can provide.

Amir Khan is a prime example, Khan in my opinion is one of the most flawed fighters in the welterweight division, a non-existent defence, in and out amateur like footwork, feather-fisted, glass chin and limited arsenal of punches, yet he has done very well financially out of the fight game, I put this down to golden boy and a master stroke of moving out to the states, if Khan would have continued his career in England it would have been over some time ago.

Khan has suffered concussive knockout losses to Prescott and Garcia and a SD loss to Lamont Peterson. Since the loss to Garcia he has won three fights on the bounce, however against less than convincing opponents, opponents that do not belong in the upper echelons of the WW division. Carlos Molina, Julio Diaz and Luis Collazo. He is now set to fight Devon Alexander this coming Saturday night, a fight Khan is not guaranteed to come through, Alexander, while feather-fisted is a tricky customer and has far superior skills to Khan.

If that is the case and Khan doesn’t come through convincingly he can forget about his dream fight with Mayweather. Where have the days gone where fighters were matched up 5-6 times a year fighting every one in there division.

Khan should concentrate on fighting guys like Rios, Bradley, Matthyse, Broner, Marquez, Ortiz, Berto, re-match Maidana and avenge his losses to Peterson and Garcia.

No doubt I will be sad to see Mayweather hang up the gloves, however, I feel once he does it will provide boxing with a well needed shake up and put the competitive spirit back into the younger fighters, the fighting spirit of becoming top dog, walking in Mayweather’s shoes and not chasing a lottery ticket that is going to leave them with a convincing “L” on there record, softened by a 6 figure amount in the bank, let’s get the glory of the “W” back.


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