Why Schaefer is wrong in giving Khan a chance against Mayweather?

khan4045(Amir Khan pictured here after his fight with Marcos Maidana) By Rameez Haider: After hearing Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer talk about Amir Khan having a great chance against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and after reading people’s responses, it seemed only right that someone actually bring it back down to reality and explain how Schaefer is just simply wrong.

Many people have spoken about Khan having great speed and being a good mover in the ring etc but if you look back at any of Khan’s fights there are some fundamentals that need to be taken into account.

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Who should be Mayweather’s next opponent?

floyd#88By Rameez Haider: With Floyd Mayweather Jr. due to fight in May, all roads seem to be leading to Amir Khan. There are not many people in the world who would agree that Khan warrants this fight, especially considering he has not even actually fought at welterweight.But this fight will make sense in terms of the revenue as some will want to watch Mayweather display his boxing skills again, some will watch to hope Mayweather loses and the British public will watch in the hope that Khan can be the man to inflict Mayweather’s 1st loss, which might I add I can’t see happening at all.

But taking the politics, the revenues, the promotional rivalries etc away, who has actually earned the right to fight Mayweather?

The 1st name that people seem to mention is Manny Pacquiao. Naturally after all the talk of the two fighting, the grumbling from the public will not go away, but people need to look at the facts. This fight should have happened a long time ago and whether people say one was avoiding the other etc, people need to see that both parties were to blame for this.

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Adrien Broner: The Problem

broner6767By Rameez Haider:  Adrien Broner was the one mooted to take over the reigns as boxing’s next superstar. People compared him to Floyd Mayweather; many even saw him as the one to beat Mayweather, yet after 36 minutes of boxing all these ideas were taken away by Marcos Maidana. Many people have been over the moon about fact Broner lost, some people shocked and some not surprised after his previous performance against Paulie Malignaggi. The question I ask is whether Broner lost this fight in the ring or outside the ring.

In thinking about this, Ricky Hatton was the 1st name that sprung to mind. Hatton was a very good fighter and had some excellent fights, however Hatton had the problem where he was flat-footed, did not have great lateral movement and was easy to catch. The main reason behind this was his lifestyle outside the ring. Hatton always ballooned up in weight and lived a poor lifestyle. The result of this was the fact Hatton could never be fleet footed after spending more time carrying excess weight.

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Mayweather vs. Canelo: What Chance does Canelo actually have?

003CaneloarrivesIMG_3002(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Rameez Haider: The whole world awaits the upcoming bout between Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on September 14th. This fight sees one of the greatest fighters of the modern, if not any era vs the upcoming star looking to take over the mantle. But what chance does Canelo have of cracking the most infamous code in boxing?

There are many different views on this bout but in my opinion, I don’t really see Canelo having much chance at all. People have discussed the weight advantage that he will hold and yes this is going to be a factor in the fight, but the question this comes down to is the styles of both fighters.

Canelo has a very average skill set. He is flat footed, his lateral movement is average, and though he has good power and combinations, it doesn’t really help if he struggles to throw them consistently over 12 rounds.

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Mayweather shows his class again, but what’s next?

floyd#15By Rameez Haider: Last night we saw the Master class that is Floyd Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO’s) in beat Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Guerrero like Mayweather has moved up through the weights, and as he said himself, everyone he fought he has taken to the trenches. The way in which he dispatched of Andre Berto was a special performance from a very good boxer, yet he was made to look ordinary by an extra special talent.

This fight in many ways reminded me of the fight Mayweather had with Marquez.

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What does Amir Khan need to win over the doubters?

Carlos Molina and Amir Khan(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Rameez Haider: Amir Khan is a boxer who divides opinion across the boxing world. Some people think he is a great fighter waiting to fulfill his potential, others think he is an over rated fighter with a weak chin. The one thing people can’t deny is that he brings to the ring the excitement of the unexpected.

It’s hard to believe that 12 months ago, Khan was being muted as a potential opponent for Floyd Mayweather and was the undisputed champion at light welterweight. The question is what does Khan need to do to really prove the doubters wrong and fulfill the potential that many see in him?

There is no questioning his positive attributes which he possesses in abundance. Khan’s hand speed is one of the best out there and at times though his technique can sometimes make him reckless.

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Pacquiao needs to be recognized as a Modern Day Great

Image: Pacquiao needs to be recognized as a Modern Day GreatBy Rameez Haider: After my previous article on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather debate, the responses yet again focused on fans of both boxers knocking the other. Despite me being a big Mayweather fan and believing he would beat Pacquiao without question, I am a boxing fan and a Pacquiao fan and it’s time people are real and accept Pacquiao for the great boxer that he is.

Boxing is about the sweet science, about the skills of the individual to be able to mix defence with attack and show true guile in the squared circle. However there is more to boxing and different fighters have different styles.

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Mayweather and Pacquiao two legends, but who is truly the best?

Image: Mayweather and Pacquiao two legends, but who is truly the best?By Rameez Haider: Boxing legacies is a matter of personal opinion, in my opinion legends are those granted with God given abilities to perform in the squared circle. But As Floyd Mayweather also says, it’s all about hard work and dedication.

My previous article on Freddie Roach again opened up the debate between Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather, people arguing as to whether Pacquiao is a legend, whether Mayweather is ducking Pacquiao etc etc. So I decided to answer the debate with my opinion. In order to define both boxers as true legends and to show why I feel one boxer is better than the other, I am going to break down their achievements, their opponents and their styles.

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Pacquiao, Marquez and Mayweather are legends, but is Roach?

Image: Pacquiao, Marquez and Mayweather are legends, but is Roach?By Rameez Haider: After Manny Pacquiao’s brutal defeat at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez last night, the jury is out. The same debate has raged over Mayweather and Pacquiao, and the new debate over how Marquez was so strong has begun.

I’ve always been a Mayweather fan and I have always maintained for many a year that if the super fight between Mayweather and Pacquaio was to ever happen, Mayweather would be the victor. However, I am also a true boxing fan, which means I am also a Pacquiao fan as he has been fantastic for the sport. The way in which Pacquiao has dispatched of the likes of Hatton, De La Hoya, Cotto, Morales etc has without doubt sealed his place in the hall of fame. Last night he was simply beaten by a fellow legend in Marquez, a true warrior, but the question I ask is whether Freddie Roach really is as good a people claim?

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