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Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander: Please…don’t mention ‘Money’ Mayweather again!!

Joseph Herron Updated
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In what should be a very intriguing night of action on December 13, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, former IBF/WBA Junior Welterweight Champion Amir Khan will tangle with two division world titlist Devon Alexander.

The eventual winner of the headlining bout will undoubtedly be escalated to even bigger paydays and more highly publicized contests in 2015...just not against the best pound for pound fighter in boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

In a recent press conference, announcing the 147 pound match-up, the two fighters spoke about facing each other, as well as potentially squaring off with the biggest money maker in boxing.

“I look at this as a make or break fight for me, and I am focused 100 percent on Devon Alexander,” clarified Amir Khan.  “Mayweather is motivation for me, makes me work harder, but my main goal is to get past this fight. If I win this fight it will take me onto bigger and better things. This is a statement fight for me. And if I beat Alexander, then I believe I have secured my position in a super fight, but it’s all about winning this fight and looking good.”

Although the popular Briton continued to try and persuade the media members in attendance that his focus was entirely on his December thirteenth opponent, Khan’s brief soliloquy quickly shifted back to a specific fighter from Grand Rapids.

“I feel like my style, with speed, power, hand and foot movement, would give someone like Floyd Mayweather problems,” stated the proud Lancashire native.

“Floyd’s a great fighter, but first we have to look good and shine against Alexander and then I think the fight with Floyd will be secured.”

Devon Alexander continued to echo a similar sentiment to the press at the Conga Room within the popular Los Angeles venue, “L.A. Live”.

“It’s going to be a huge fight, everyone’s talking about it and everyone knows what it means,” regurgitated the former two division world champion. “This fight can catapult me to the top level. I’m ready to fight; it’s going to be awesome. Two guys with speed that are both determined not to lose. We have both tasted defeat and don’t want to taste it any longer, so that makes for a great fight.

Everyone does indeed know what this fight means, but do the fighters really understand its implications and what truly determines the “Mayweather selection”?

When fight fans witnessed Marcos Maidana’s inspired and somewhat surprising effort in San Antonio, Texas, last December, in which he battered previously undefeated three division world champion Adrien Broner, it instantly sent shockwaves throughout the boxing community and generated a level of electricity worthy of Mayweather’s attention.

It takes that kind of overwhelming buzz to produce PPV consideration, and fight fans aren’t convinced that either Amir Khan or Devon Alexander is capable of attracting that kind of proverbial bolt of lightning at the Mandalay Bay on December 13.

As it stands currently, most paying customers don’t feel that certain “May-Day” sizzle when the two competing fighters are mentioned…it’s entirely up to Khan and Alexander to convince them otherwise.

In the immortal words of the late, great catcher for the New York Yankees, Yogi Berra:  “If the fans don’t want to come out, you can’t stop them!”

When referencing the unique sport of boxing, the wise Bronx sage is absolutely correct…if the real bosses of the sport, the fight fans, don’t believe a specific match-up is PPV worthy, they’ll speak loudly on the day of the fight by not purchasing the event.  

The always passionate fans of boxing are the ultimate judge and jury, and the only matchmakers who truly matter.

So if Amir Khan and Devon Alexander genuinely want a star making appearance on the “Floyd Mayweather Variety Hour”, they’ll have to put forth a more inspired effort in December than they’ve shown in recent performances.

Otherwise, stop mentioning Mayweather’s name, and focus solely on improving your respective marketability.

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