According to insiders, there's been some discussion about a possible match-up between former unified jr welterweight champion Amir Khan and former multi-division world champion and boxing legend 'Sugar' Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KO).
Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO) has made no secret he believes he was robbed in his December loss to now-unified jr welterweight champ Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO) and has been trying to entice Peterson into a rematch ever since, employing numerous tactics to get Peterson to 'sign on the dotted line.' But the new WBA/IBF Jr Welterweight Champion, despite being offered a 50-50 purse share for Peterson vs Khan II, is biding his time and ultimately seeking a higher-earning superfight with Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao. And if an immediate bout with one of boxing's two top megastars doesn't materialize, there's no guarantee Peterson will immediately rematch Khan as he will have other worthwhile, but perhaps less lucrative, options.
Unable to secure an immediate rematch with Peterson for the time being, Amir Khan's promotional team, Golden Boy Promotions, is purportedly setting their sites on Shane Mosley as a possible 'Sugar' substitute for Lamont Peterson.
Will Khan's reach, speed and punching power be enough to stop Mosley for the first time in his illustrious career? Will Amir Khan even be victorious? Or will Shane Mosley's technical brilliance and vast reservoir of experience rise to the fore?
Aside from a few flashes of brilliance, the 40 year old Mosley hasn't looked much better than ordinary in his last three outings against Mayweather, Mora and Pacquiao. However, in defense of 'Sugar' Shane Mosley, he has never been KO'd and has managed to go the distance with the sport's top two fighters in back-to-back years - No easy task.
Shane Mosley, at this stage in his career, would be a suitable opponent for Khan. His defensive skills are still very good and his speed and power are remain very formidable, as Floyd Mayweather Jr can attest. Shane Mosley rocked Mayweather in Round 2 of their superfight in May 2010, nearly flooring the supremely-skilled defensive genius.
Khan vs Mosley aslo makes sense because it will enable Khan to move up to welterweight (147 lbs) and participate in a high-profile, high revenue non-title bout. The three recognized champions at welterweight are Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO), Floyd Mayweather Jr (42-0, 26 KO) and Viacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KO). (Its been rumored the latter will sign to fight Paulie Malignaggi very soon). For Mosley, a win over Amir Khan catapults him back into the spotlight and would help set-up yet another superfight for the 'Sugar' man in the near future.
Some have already started to assert Khan vs Mosley would lack competitiveness because Mosley is over-the-hill but many of those same naysayers made the same declarations prior to Mosley vs Margarito in 2009. Mosley, at 37, brutalized the then-top five pound-for-pound fighter before knocking him out in the ninth stanza.
Is Amir Khan vs 'Sugar' Shane Mosley on tap for the spring?
Khan photo by Erum Rizvi