As far as we know, Amir Khan can whip anybody not named Breidis Prescott.
And, don’t kid yourself, because as time flies by, his KO loss to the unheralded Colombian looks more and more a fluke rather than a reliable boxing skill barometer.
Now, Kid Khan is really feeling his oats and he chatted with CNN earlier this week in a lengthy profile about his fervent desire to fight unbeaten prima donna Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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For me, and so many others exhuasted from “Will Floyd ever fight Manny Pacquiao” trauma, the idea seems on the surface just an exercise in self interest by the Bolton Wanderer.
But, after much cogitation, I think Amir is on to something, something potentially hot and something which can still segue into Mayweather-Pacquiao.
So here’s the Seven Reasons why I personally endore Khan-Mayweather as an early 2012 attraction:
1. It gives Coach Freddie Roach two possible shots at handing “Money” a ring loss. Assuming Mayweather outpoints Khan, and I think that is the likely outcome even in a British ring, we can still move on to Floyd-Manny.
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2. It gives UK boxing a much needed shot in the arm given the popularity of both Khan and Mayweather across the pond. You have to scracth your head to think back to the last time an American superstar fighter peformed in the UK, let alone Europe. (No, Jeff Lacy against Joe Calzaghe does not count.)
3. Khan is pertinent in saying the level of distrust between Top Rank and Mayweather’s handlers (Al Haymon and his Golden Boy acolytes) probably puts the kibosh on the making of Floyd-Manny whereas it’s simple business with the Goldens having a foot in both camps to make a deal for Amir-Floyd.
4. Since not only Roach but also conditioning guru Alex Ariza are on the Khan team, a victory over that tandem in a Khan fight might make Mayweather more comfortable about his Pacquiao using PEDs paranoia. Floyd’s PED paranoia level certainly should drop vis-a-vis Pacman if he can whip the talented Khan.
5. Kahn will be competitive against Mayweather in ways that the less skilled, overly emotional Victor Ortiz could never be if he had 36 rounds in which to try. If Mayweather clips Khan and KOs him, it will be a clean and non-controversial ending. And a decisive victory over Khan just puts some more frosting on the Floyd-Manny cake.
6. Let’s say London or Manchester hosts Khan-Mayweather in April or May and Pacquiao stays busy with his own spring recital. Well, unless Khan pulls off a stunner, that leaves November for Floyd-Manny.
7. I’m convinced Floyd won’t start chasing Manny for a fight after the Pinoy Idol handles his business with Marquez Nov. 12. So let them both move on to other business and revisit their situation after they both have one more bout.