Floyd Mayweather vs Amir Khan: Does The Money Team really want this?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Since Floyd Mayweather defeated Canelo Alvarez in September 2013, boxing superstar Amir Khan has been lobbying to no end to get the former in the ring.
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(Following the Canelo fight, Khan was seemingly a shoe-in to face Mayweather until boxing fans expressed their vehement displeasure with such a match-up, forcing Team Mayweather to opt for Marcos Maidana instead.
Now, nearly two years later and with Mayweather's presumed last fight in September, will Khan, who faces Chris Algieri Friday, finally get the opportunity of a lifetime?
Khan claimed Floyd's manager approached him at the MGM Grand Garden Arena after the Pacquiao fight to “get it on” this year. Also, the fighter’s trainer and father, Floyd Mayweather Snr, called the Brit “an easy opponent”.
Is Khan the frontrunner in the Monay May Sweepstakes once again?
Since 2011, there have been talks of Mayweather vs Khan. However, Khan's upset losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, in December 2011 and Summer 2012 respectively, are seemingly the only 'bumps in the road' that have prevented this bout from happening. In fact, Khan was a Mayweather prospect well before most people reading this had ever heard of Canelo Alvarez, Robert Guerrero or Adrien Broner.
But why Khan?
With his speed. height and overall technical skills, the Pakistani-Brit brings something different versus Mayweather's previous opponents.
Khan moves a lot, is explosive and throws a very high volume of punches with speed and in combination. Longer and rangier than Pacquiao, Amir Khan would be a very tough opponent, style-wise, for Mayweather, especially given the circumstances.
At this stage, and for relative chump change, does Floyd Mayweather really have the stomach for another high-stakes fight?
If Manny Pacquiao, 'Fighter of the Generation' distinction, unspeakable monetary rewards, and mind-blowing international, mainstream coverage couldn't get Floyd excited, how is he going to motivate himself for an opponent of Khan's caliber.
Given his next fight will be his last hurrah and he won't be obligated to face a mandatory challenger, should we expect to see Floyd Mayweather against a tough thoroughbred like Amir Khan?
If he wants to keep his perfect record intact wouldn't Floyd be better off facing the likes of an opponent in the neighborhood of Andre Berto, Humberto Soto or Josesito Lopez. Or possibly Danny Garcia.
Although Khan is a possibility for September 12, don't be surprised if Team Mayweather settles for a lessert opponent. After all, Floyd's next fight will be his 'farewell party' and a victory lap of sorts.