The universal respect of the boxing community has been difficult to recover after being stretched by the unbeaten Philly native.
Even after scoring impressive victories over former Welterweight title holders Luis Collazo and most recently Devon Alexander in 2014, the elite level British boxing talent has seemingly become the “Rodney Dangerfield” of prizefighters, getting no respect at all from fight fans and critics alike.
While many experts believe the Bolton, Lancashire native would give any top rated Welterweight an extremely tough outing, Khan hasn’t been taken seriously when discussing future bouts with the top earners of the division.
When recently asked about a potential fight with the talented British fighter, Floyd Mayweather Jr. dismissed Amir Khan‘s credibility.
“The other night, I think he did about 4,000 in attendance,” claimed the pound for pound king of boxing. “So Amir Khan…his name holds no weight. No one knows who Amir Khan is, expect for the people who are involved in boxing. My focus is Manny Pacquiao.”
Although Money May is ostensibly determined to make a record payday with eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao on May 2 of this year, the reported negotiations haven’t stopped the 28 year old Briton boxer from calling out the perceived best fighter in boxing.
In a recent post on his Twitter account, Khan published a photo once again expressing his desire to bag a PPV opportunity with Money Mayweather.
Though the consistent messages and photos may seem futile to most, the strategy is a very smart one and should eventually benefit his career greatly.
The steady mention of his brand among boxing’s elite should ultimately stick, provided Khan continue his winning trend. By continuously calling out Mayweather and Pacquiao, Amir is not only placing his name in the same category as the two best pound for pound fighters in the world, but he’s also displaying his willingness to fight the toughest assignments in boxing.
Fans may elect to continue the current trend of keeping the talented Welterweight at arm’s length in the interim, but a healthy and consistent dose of the AK name could ultimately result in a massive money fight this summer.
Amir Khan may not immediately get the fights he desperately desires, but he just might finally receive the respect and recognition he deserves.