British boxer Amir Khan (26-3-0) has had his share of disappointment in the past year, but he remains optimistic about his boxing career. “King Khan” credits his past success to his refusal to be anyone’s puppet, and he urges others to do the same.
“The fighter has to also remember that he’s the boss, what he says goes,” Amir Khan said during an interview with Boxingscene.com. “Never feel threatened by the manager saying this or that. You can go out and get any manager you want if you want to. Never be under the thumb or think you work for the manager or promoter, they work for you – don’t let anyone pull you down or control you. … I have made a lot of money. I am only 25 and I don’t think any 25-year-old has made what I’ve made, but that’s because I’ve been managed right and I’m the boss.”
There’s certainly some irony to Khan’s comments, considering the fact he trains with former WBO welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao, who seems to be heavily influenced by Top Rank promoter, Bob Arum. Unlike other great champions like Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya, Pacquiao continues to fight under Top Rank’s banner, even though it would be in his best interest to promote himself.
Early on in 2012, Fighthype’s Ben Thompson wrote an interesting article comparing Pacquiao’s fight purses to Mayweather’s. It turns out Pacquiao only makes a fraction of what Mayweather earns per fight, even though he’s almost as marketable as boxing’s pound-for-pound king.
Even though Khan’s assessment that he’s earned more money than any other 25 year-old in the history of boxing is incorrect (Mike Tyson for one had earned a lot more at the age of 25), I do agree with his views on how boxers should approach their careers.
It’s obvious promoters don’t always have their client’s best interests at heart, and the fighters that self-promote seem to be the biggest earners in the sport.
Terence Dooley, “Amir Khan’s Warning To Other Boxers: ‘Be Your Own Boss!’”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.