Many in the boxing world felt slightly cheated when Floyd Mayweather announced that he would face Argentinian Marcos Maidana on May 3rd, rather than Amir Khan. The undisputed pound-for-pound king had stated that he would let the fans decide whom he would fight, but despite Khan coming out in the poll, “Money” opted to face Maidana.
Mayweather has since announced that he will fight Khan if the British boxer beats Adrian Broner on the May 3rd undercard. However, Khan has claimed that he has offered to fight Broner but has been rejected, but he is still thought to be willing to fight someone on the undercard, so hopefully we will still get to see a Khan Mayweather showdown as it has the promise to be one of the greatest boxing bouts ever witnessed.
Bookmakers such as Titan Bet have Mayweather as an overwhelming 1/16 favourite for success over Maidana. If he were to fight Khan, the odds would be a lot closer. Khan, who beat Maidana three years ago, is viewed by many as the only boxer who could pose a threat to the champion.
Mayweather’s biggest trait has always been his speed, something that most boxers he has faced have struggled to deal with. In Khan, though, you have a boxer who has the hand-speed to keep up with Mayweather, if not exceed him. If both were to square off in the ring it would be an explosive high-octane affair that should last the distance, and one that could see Mayweather lose his unbeaten 45-0 record. The Bolton boxer is the only person in the world that can cause Mayweather some serious problems and as such the fight must go ahead. People question the strength of Khan’s chin. He’s been knocked out twice and in his last match against Julia Diaz he was floored in the fourth. Now obviously Khan’s chin is a worry but against a fighter like Mayweather it isn’t a pressing concern. Mayweather is not a knock-out puncher; he’s a points winner, and of his 45 fights only 26 have been won via knockout. What’s more, in his last ten fights, he has only won twice via knockout. It’s this fact which gives Khan a real chance. Mayweather will not knock Khan out, meaning that the fight will be won on points. It will be a battle of speed, something that both these fighters excel at.
This fight needs to happen due to the heat surrounding it. We have been waiting for this fight to be announced since Mayweather’s last fight against Saul Alvarez in September. Due to the way Khan had this match ripped out of his clutches there is a certain animosity between the two. The only way to settle this is in the ring and if Mayweather doesn’t get in the ring then he can be accused of ducking Khan.
This fight has to go ahead and hopefully come May 4th there will be a contract signed between the two!