Floyd Mayweather vs Amir Khan: Upset would make Brit an international icon?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Social media suggests Amir Khan, not Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez, may have the greatest potential to become boxing's biggest star in the post Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao era.
If Facebook and Twitter followings are any indication of an athlete or entertainer's fanbase, Amir Khan is the third most popular active boxer on earth, behind Floyd and Manny of course.
(as of May 29, 2015)
Floyd Mayweather - 11 mil
Manny Pacquiao 9.2 mil
Amir Khan - 2.9 mil
Klitschko Bros. - 1.7 mil
Canelo Alvarez - 1.2 mil (two pages)
Gennady Golovkin - 101,500
(as of May 29, 2015)
Floyd Mayweather - 6.2 mil
Manny Pacquiao 2.5 mil
Amir Khan - 1.6 mil
Canelo Alvarez - 515,000
Klitschko Bros. - 199,000
Gennady Golovkin - 106,000
Sans the sport's obvious two big guns, Amir Khan has, far and away, the largest following in Facebook and Twitter.
Imagine how popular Khan would be if he upset Floyd Mayweather?
Many of Khan's followers live outside of the U.S. and U.K. and will not have access to Khan vs Algieri tonight but, rest-assured, they'd be able to watch Mayweather vs Khan should it happen later this year. Like Mayweather vs Pacquiao, Mayweather vs Khan would be broadcast in regions that typically don't show a lot of boxing.
Already, Amir Khan has something every fighter aspires to generate but few produce - A massive fan base.
And he's every bit as well-known, on the international level, as Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were heading into their respective bouts with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 and 2008.
Khan is well aware a victory over Mayweather wouldn't only enhance his already-hefty fanbase but would give him instant credibility and stardom in the U.S., Mexico and the Philippines. Simply put, Khan would be the hottest fighter in boxing and one of the most celebrated athletes in the world.
Did destiny beckon when Oscar De La Hoya handed boxing's proverbial torch to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao?
If so, is destiny calling once more?
Tonight, Khan faces Chris Algieri. Will it be his last fight in a non-PPV setting?