Mayweather’s not giving the fight the fans want, says Khan
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) thinks Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) is cheating the fans by not picking him out for his September 12th fight or for what will likely be another fight in early 2016 as he seeks out his 50th victory of his career.
Khan thinks that Mayweather is evading the fight with him by ducking him rather than facing him and potentially getting beaten for the first time in his career. Khan thinks he brings more money to a fight against Mayweather than anyone else in the sport except for Manny Pacquiao.
“I bring a lot of revenue to the table from the UK, India, Dubai, Pakistan; places Mayweather isn’t so popular,” Khan said to sportingnews.com.
I wasn’t aware that places like India, Dubai and Pakistan had been monetized yet for pay-per-view. Khan gets PPV money from the UK, and money from his TV fights in the U.S., but I never heard that Khan was making money from his fights in other parts of the world.
If Khan is serious about him having revenue streams from India, Pakistan and Dubai, then he would have a ton of top fighters interested in fighting him if they share in the loot from those areas. I just have serious doubts whether the money that Khan gets from other counties is enough to lure a fighter like Mayweather to fight him.
“He’s [Mayweather] ducked me for so many years,” Khan said. “Now he’s evading me again. He’s trying to retire after this fight [with Berto]. He’s tried saying he’s the best ever, but he’s not giving the fight fans what they want.”
I don’t believe that Khan is the fight that boxing fans want to see. There are a certain amount of boxing fans that are interested in seeing Mayweather fight Khan, but I think far more would like to see Mayweather fight guys like Keith Thurman, Gennady Golovkin and Shawn Porter. Khan is more of a name from the past rather than a relevant name right now. That’s because Khan’s career has pretty much gone downhill since 2011, when he was beaten by Lamont Peterson and then beaten by Danny Garcia the next year in 2012.
At the time of Khan’s loss to Peterson, Khan had resurrected his career following a 1st round knockout win over Breidis Prescott in 2008. Khan had beaten a past his beat Marcos Maidana, Zab Judah and Andriy Kotelnik. Those wins were enough to make boxing fans believe that Khan had improved.
Obviously he hadn’t. Khan’s defeats to Peterson and Garcia showed that he hadn’t improved at all, and was basically the same fighter he was in the Prescott fight. However, since Khan’s loss to those two guys, he’s been matched against strictly weak punchers in his last five fights in the last three years. Khan’s last fight against Chris Algieri was particularly disturbing in that he was almost beaten by the light punching Algieri.
That fight showed pretty clearly that Khan isn’t the same fighter he was before 2011. He’s aged and he’s lost his edge from the soft match-making that’s been done for him in the last three years.
The fans are very interested in seeing Mayweather fight Golovkin, Thurman and Porter. I see those as all 1st tier guys that boxing fans want to see Mayweather fight. But as far as Khan goes, he’s more of a 2nd tier guy due to his past losses, soft match-making, and how poor he’s looked recently. There’s no upside for Mayweather in fighting a guy like Khan, because if he beats him, it won’t be a big deal because Garcia, Prescott and Peterson all did it before Mayweather did it.
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