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Khan: I really think the Mayweather fight can happen

khan5899By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) thinks he has a better than 50 percent chance of getting picked out by American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) for his next fight in September at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Khan believes that his adviser Al Haymon will be able to get the fight against the 38-year-old Mayweather, although Khan still would have to get past his May 29th opponent Chris Algieri for the Mayweather fight to get place.

Mayweather isn’t giving any hints about who he wants to fight next though, so Khan could be flapping his gums for nothing with him talking about Mayweather 24/7. At the end of the day, Mayweather would be taking a tremendous pay cut to fight Khan in September from his last fight against Manny Pacquiao.

There are other opponents that Mayweather can fight besides Khan that will give him a better payday such as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Gennady Golovkin. These fighters are all better known than Khan is in the United States, and they don’t use the same defensive tactics that Khan uses. Those fighters don’t shove a lot, put their opponents in head locks frequently, or pull down on their heads a lot like Khan does.

“I think it could be better (chance) than that,” Khan said when asked via Radio 5 Live if he had a 50% chance of getting the Mayweather fight in September. “I really think it can happen. There’s a lot of talk of a September fight when Mayweather will be in the ring again, and yeah there have been people speaking to me saying ‘’you could be the next guy.’”

There honestly isn’t a lot of boxing fans saying that Khan will be the next guy to fight Mayweather, as far as I can tell. The fans seem to be unsure of who Mayweather will be fighting. They obviously know that it can’t be Manny Pacquiao because he’s recovering from shoulder surgery.

The fans don’t know who Mayweather will be fighting. I honestly don’t think it’s going to be Khan because he doesn’t bring much to the table, and he seems too needy. When someone wants something as bad as Khan does in wanting the Mayweather fight, I think it works against that person.

If Khan acted like he didn’t care, I think his chances to fight Mayweather would be much better than they are right now. But even if Khan shut his yap, I think it’s too late. I mean, he’s been talking about the Mayweather fight constantly for the past five years now, and I think Mayweather has gotten the message loud and clear that Khan is desperate for that fight.

It would be a big money fight for the 28-year-old Khan and it would validate his career if he were to get a victory. Even if Khan gets beaten, which is pretty much academic, he would be able to possibly muddy the water by denying that he was beaten or claim that he was robbed. We saw how Khan muddied the water after his loss to Lamont Peterson in 2011.

Instead of giving Peterson credit for having beaten him, Khan felt that he was robbed and brought up some nonsense about a mysterious person wearing a hat that briefly sat down with one of the judges during the fight. I’m not sure that Mayweather would want to fight someone who would potentially bring up a bunch of drama after he gets beaten by him.

“I think with my youth, explosiveness, speed, power and definitely movement but it’s not only that, I think it’s all about timing and accuracy as well,” Khan said. I think that’s where Pacquiao went wrong. He has all the skills but he didn’t have the accuracy,” Khan said.

All this from a fighter who hasn’t faced a live body since his knockout loss to Danny Garcia in 2012. Khan is still totally unproven because he’s not beaten anyone good since being knocked out by Garcia three years ago. Khan’s fight against Algieri this month is more of the same weak match-making for Khan like what we’ve been seeing since 2012.

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