Khan: Mayweather fight could be confirmed within 2 weeks
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Scott Gilfoid: After chasing a fight against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) for the past four years, Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) could be on the verge of finally getting his dream of a golden parachute fight against the American star in September.
Khan, 28, revealed on Tuesday that he believes a fight between him and Mayweather will be confirmed within the next two weeks. Khan feels very confident the fight against the 38-year-old star will finally be taking place. It’s unclear what leads Khan to believe this, but it must be something his adviser told him because he wouldn’t be talking this way if he wasn’t given hope.
Khan believes that the way he fought against Chris Algieri last Friday, which was arguably dreadful, has helped improve his chances of getting the Mayweather fight.
Instead of working against him, he thinks it’s helped him get a better chance at Mayweather. Khan won the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision, but it was close and Algieri looked like the better fighter of the two, if that makes any sense. Sometimes a fighter will lose a fight but still look like the better guy with the superior talent. Algieri just made the mistake of not throwing enough punches. If he had made a few adjustments in his game by throwing an additional 10 punches per round, he would have won the fight.
“I don’t think I have ever been closer to getting the fight with Floyd Mayweather than I am at this moment,” Khan said to Skysports.com. “The indications are that I have strengthened my case with my win over Algieri and I believe there is every chance the fight could be confirmed within the next two weeks.”
At the same time, Khan is talking about him wanting to fight Miguel Cotto and Keith Thurman. Khan seems to be all over the place. I mean, if the fight against Mayweather is about to be confirmed, as Khan says, then why is he talking about him wanting to fight Thurman and Cotto? Just makes no sense and it gives me the impression that the Mayweather fight may not be any closer to taking place.
If Mayweather’s people were talking about the Khan fight being closer, then I can buy it. But since it’s just Khan, I have strong doubts that we’re going to see those two fighters in the ring in September at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I have waited too long and, while I believe it is finally going to happen, I am still determined to pursue other big fights in the United States once I have had some time off with my family,” Khan said.
Well, Khan only has himself to blame for the Mayweather not happening all these years. I mean, if Khan hadn’t been beaten by Lamont Peterson, Breidis Prescott and Danny Garcia, he would have likely had the fight against Mayweather a long time ago. Further, Khan hasn’t helped himself in the last three years by failing to face the real quality fighters that would have helped improve his chances of getting the Mayweather fight. Instead of fighting Kell Brook, Marcos Maidana and Keith Thurman in the last three years, Khan has instead opted to face light punchers like Devon Alexander, Chris Algieri, Luis Collazo, Julio Diaz and Carlos Molina. Khan hasn’t fought the right guys, and because of that he’s been ignored.
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