If Floyd Mayweather keeps his word, Amir Khan will be his next opponent.
That’s because 57 percent of fans that responded when Mayweather (45-0-0, 26 KOs) left it up to them to choose between Khan (28-3-0, 19 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (35-3-0, 31 KOs) for his next outing picked the former. The results of the Mayweather sweepstakes poll didn’t come without controversy though, a few other websites ran similar polls during the same timeframe, with Marcos Maidana typically emerging as the fans’ choice.
Cries of a fix have been heard around the world, but, at the end of the day, we’ll likely never figure out what really went on behinds the scenes. For all we all know, the “controversy” might all be part of one of Floyd’s elaborate plans since one of his trainers, Roger Mayweather, still thinks Maidana will get the next crack at Money.
“I thought it was going to be Amir Khan, but they say Maidana,” Roger revealed during an interview with EsNewsReporting.
While some boxing fans would rather see Maidana square up against Mayweather next, primarily because of the beating he gave Floyd’s protégé Adrien Broner last December, it couldn’t be any clearer that Khan is the better matchup revenue and entertainment wise for Mayweather Promotions.
Here are four reasons Mayweather vs. Khan isn’t such a bad idea:
1. Brash Personalities
It’s become a typical scene heading into a Floyd Mayweather fight. Boxing’s pound-for-pound king hurls all sorts of insults at his opponents, but you rarely hear them fire back with witty phrases of their own.
That won’t be the case with Amir Khan.
Khan enjoys talking as much as Mayweather does, so the build up to their bout would be filled with entertaining anecdotes and sharp comebacks. That should lead to solid ratings for Showtime’s All Access show.
Floyd Mayweather typically enjoys a decent speed advantage over his opponents, but that won’t be the case if he ends up squaring off against Khan in May. At the very least, Amir should be able to match Mayweather’s speed, which means he might be able to give Money problems early on, just like Zab Judah did during the opening rounds of his 2006 encounter with Floyd.
3. Willingness to take risks
Some would say Amir Khan’s biggest weakness as a boxer is the fact he has a tendency to get carried away during fights. He doesn’t clinch up with his opponents when he should, and his typical reaction to getting hit hard is to drop his guard, step forward, and swing for the fences. Khan’s mental immaturity cost him big during his three loses, and it might very well lead to his demise if he ends up facing Mayweather in May.
It sure would make the fight entertaining to watch though.
4. Nationalistic British fans
It’s no secret, British boxing fans can be fanatical, especially when it comes to Floyd Mayweather. You know, the guy that handed their golden boy, Ricky Hatton, his first professional loss inside the squared circle (Floyd’s last legitimate knockout), a loss the Brit never fully recovered from.
Heck, while we’re at it, we might as well blame Mayweather for all of Hatton’s problems since then, from excessive weight gain to drug issues.
That ought to be enough to fire up British fans, meaning decent Sky Sports pay-per-view sales. Probably enough to make up for what might end up being weak sales — at least compared to Mayweather vs. Saul Alvarez — in the U.S.
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.