Khan: If I don’t fight Mayweather and Pacquiao soon it’ll be too late
By Scott Gilfoid: With Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao both getting older and nearing retirement, Britain’s Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) is starting to worry that he’s running out of time to get a fight against both of them. Khan, 28, wants to be the one that gives Mayweather his first loss of his career, and he also would like to face Pacquiao before he retires.
Those two stars are facing each other on May 2nd, and will both be getting a bundle of cash for that fight. The kind of money that Mayweather and Pacquiao will be getting for their mega-fight in Las Vegas, Nevada is going to make it very, very hard for them to want to take a tremendous pay cut to fight someone like Khan, who doesn’t have the fan base in the United States that they do, and who doesn’t bring much to the table other than an ability to self-promote.
Khan’s problem, besides not being known by casual boxing fans in America and coming across too needy, is that he’d let his career stagnate following losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia. Instead of Khan taking one tune-up after the losses to these two fighters, he’s had essentially four tune-ups and now he’ll be facing his fifth tune-up bout when he faces Chris Algieri on May 29th. The one constant with all four of Khan’s opponents have been the lack of punching power for all of them.
“Floyd and Manny are getting closer to retirement and if I don’t fight one of them soon it may never happen,” Khan said via the Dailymail.co.uk. “I’ve wasted the best part of a couple of years waiting for Floyd because I would love to be the man who beat the man considered the best pound-for-pound in the world. Now I have to make the most of every day because soon it may be too late,” Khan said.
If Khan really wanted to increase his chances of luring Mayweather and Pacquiao into the ring, he’d stop taking tune-ups and face Kell Brook, Keith Thurman and Marcos Maidana. If Khan could fight those guys and beat them without controversy, then I could see him getting the Mayweather or Pacquiao fights before they retire from boxing. But I think Khan is totally wasting his time by taking on soft opposition rather than facing better fighters that could get him a bigger cash out fight against the likes of Mayweather or Pacquiao.
Khan really needs to stay in his lane and forget about Mayweather and Pacquiao. I mean, if those guys wanted to fight him, they’d come to him instead of the other way around. I don’t know of any time where Mayweather and Pacquiao fought guys that were actively campaigning for a fight against them 24/7. When Mayweather and Pacquiao fight guys, they pick out the ones they want to fight, or in the case of Pacquiao, his promoter Bob Arum chooses who he fights. They don’t just pick guys that are begging for a fight against them because there are too many fighters that want to fight them.