Khan thinks Mayweather is looking for any excuse not to fight him
By Scott Gilfoid: For some reason, Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) thinks that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his team are hoping that he’ll fail against Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) this Friday so that they won’t have to face him next September.
Khan has convinced himself that Mayweather really doesn’t want to fight him, and it just looking for an excuse to reject him as his September fight. Khan thinks that if he even stubs his toe against Algieri, it will result in Mayweather dismissing him as a potential opponent because of him not looking perfect.
The thing is Mayweather hasn’t said he wants to fight Khan so it’s not even an issue how Khan looks against Algieri. I mean, if Mayweather had said that Khan is the spotlight as his next opponent, then you can understand Khan being paranoid about the fight. But Mayweather hasn’t given any hints about who he wants to fight next in his September fight, and he certainly hasn’t encouraged the 28-year-old Khan to think that he could be the next guy in line.
“So I think this is their [Mayweather’s team] last hope now. They’re thinking Chris Algieri has a style which doesn’t make people look good,” Khan said via the Mirror.co.uk. “That’s the way they are thinking because deep down they don’t want the fight.”
Oh, this is so sad that way that Khan has worked himself up to where he sees some kind of conspiracy about Mayweather and his next fight. It wasn’t Mayweather who picked Algieri out for Khan. If Mayweather really wanted to setup some kind of situation where Khan would look bad enough to be eliminated from the running for a fight against him, don’t you think he’d have picked a much better fighter than Algieri in order to do that?
If Mayweather wanted Khan not to get the fight with him, I think he’d have setup a condition where Khan would have to beat either Keith Thurman or Marcos Maidana in his next fight before he’d even consider facing him. Those guys can punch, and Khan would have to go through serious fire for him to get the victory.
I know Khan beat Maidana five years ago, but that was with Joe Cortez as the referee and he was frequently between Khan and Maidana during the championship rounds after Maidana had Khan staggering on Bambi legs. I don’t think Khan would survive against Maidana in a rematch with a referee that allows fighting on the inside.
“Maybe with Amir Khan they’re hoping, he might cause me a few problems and make the fight look messy. Then they can say ‘your fight wasn’t good enough to fight Mayweather next,’” Khan said.
I don’t think Khan is going to get the fight next with Mayweather no matter how he performs. The reason I don’t see Mayweather giving Khan the fight is because A. Khan’s not popular enough B. He runs and holds too much and C. he hasn’t faced good enough opposition in the last three years for him to be taken seriously.
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