Khan: I’ve done everything Floyd asked me to
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) still hasn’t fully come to terms with the fact that he’s been passed over by Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0 26 KOs) for all time. I thought for a second there that Khan had officially moved on after getting the word that Mayweather was going to be fighting American Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) in his final fight of his long 19-year pro career on September 12th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But in looking at Khan’s latest comments, I don’t think he’s fully let go of the Mayweather fight. Obviously, Khan wanted that payday that he would have received had Mayweather agreed to fight him. Yeah, the cash would have been good for Khan, but it’s not the end of the world for Khan. He can now gear up and start badgering Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank for a fight in 2016.
Maybe they’ll agree to give him the payday that he’s looking for. The money probably won’t be as good for Khan though against Pacquiao because he doesn’t bring in the same kind of pay-per-view buys that Mayweather does at this point in his career, but Khan should get enough cash to wet his beak. Surely, Khan could retire off the money he gets from a fight against Pacquiao and live out the rest of his days in luxury in the UK, as long as he’s not taxed too hard by the government.
Khan is starting to sound like a jilted lover.
“I done everything Floyd asked me to do,” Khan said to sportingnews.com. “I really thought I was touching distance from the fight. He asked me to fight in the 147-pound division. I fought there. I fought guys that came off good wins. I beat Alexander in great style.”
Oh my, it looks like Khan is still not fully over his disappointment at being passed over again. You would think that by now, Khan should be used to it by now. I mean, Mayweather did pass him over at least two to three times for a fight. I don’t know why Khan is taking it so hard this time.
The reality is Khan didn’t do enough to get the Mayweather fight. For starters, Khan didn’t keep his yap shut. That would have obviously helped if he’d stopped begging Mayweather for the fight night and day. It would have helped Khan if he hadn’t trash talked Mayweather like he’s still doing. Further, it would have helped Khan if he’d fought some actual relevant fighters that could punch their way out of a wet paper bag.
If Khan wanted to put himself in the lead position to get the Mayweather fight then he should have fought the following fighters in the past two years: Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, Adrien Broner, Lucas Matthysse Viktor Postol, Lamont Peterson, Marcos Maidana, and Kell Brook.
We’re only talking about eight fighters that Khan could have fought to put himself in the No.1 spot to fight Mayweahter. But did Khan fight them? Heck no. Khan didn’t fight any of them. Instead of facing those guys, we saw Khan fight little 5’5” Carlos Molina, Julio Diaz, Luis Collazo, Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri. In other words, Khan fought five non-punchers. So here he is bellyaching about being passed over by Mayweather when he himself is solely responsible for Mayweather not giving him the fight.
If Khan really wanted the Mayweather fight, it would have been so easy to get it. All Khan had to do was keep his trap shut, and beat some guys with an actual pulse instead of fighters dragged out of a graveyard for him to pound. I mean, it was a total blow it move by Khan in a number of areas that led to him not getting the Mayweather fight, and now he just has to live with it.
“The reason Floyd Mayweather is scared is because of my fighting style,” Khan said. “My fighting style is a guy who comes to fight, has a huge heart.”
I don’t think Mayweather is scared of Khan’s fighting style. I think Mayweather doesn’t want to throw Khan a bone by rewarding him for blabbing 24/7 about how he thinks he’s better than him. I do think Mayweather is worried about getting low PPV totals for his next fight, which is why I think he chose not to fight Khan, because the casual boxing fans have no clue who Khan is in the U.S. Khan is popular in the UK, but in the U.S, he’s an unknown. The hardcore boxing fans know him but that’s about it.
Mayweather might come back in 2016, but he’s certainly not going to come back to fight Khan. That would be a waste of a fight for Mayweather. If all he has is one or two more fights in his career, do you honestly think Mayweather will waste any of them fighting Khan? I don’t. If Mayweather comes back in 2016, he’ll go after a rematch with Pacquiao, and maybe fight someone like Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Mayweather can make a lot more money fighting one of those guys than he could in fighting Khan.
I think Khan should start fighting the top level guys from this point on. He’s wasted three years of his career fighting soft jobs since his loss to Danny Garcia in 2012. It’s time that Khan starts fighting the best again, even if he gets knocked out over and over.