For months, the assumption among boxing writers has been that British fighter Amir Khan would be the next opponent for Floyd Mayweather Junior, as it seemed to be the fight that would bring in the most money behind a historic bout with Manny Pacquiao. Khan made a move up from light welterweight to welterweight & turned down a proposed December bout with Devon Alexander in hopes of landing the biggest fight, monetarily, for any pugilist. When Marcos Maidana defeated Adrien Broner in impressive fashion, perhaps Mayweather took it personally. Regardless of how he took it, Mayweather chose to fight Maidana instead of Khan, much to Khan’s chagrin. Fortunately, this was much to the delight of fans, according to most polls.
The problem is, fans will never be satisfied with the announcement of Floyd’s next opponent unless the other name announced is Manny Pacquaio. Fans are already talking about who Mayweather’s next opponent might be, & Khan’s name has already been brought up. The problem is, Khan doesn’t deserve the fight at all & he is doing nothing to prove that he does. More than that, he seems to pass up every opportunity that may pave a clearer path to a Mayweather bout. Some think that he would be fighting Mayweather on May 3rd had he fought and defeated Devon Alexander back in December. With Alexander’s loss to Shawn Porter, suddenly a victory over him would hold less weight.
Another opportunity for Khan to prove himself with the ranks of true welterweights has come & gone, this time from a man who has fought Mayweather within the past year. Robert Guerrero tweeted on Wednesday:
— Robert Guerrero (@GHOSTBOXING) March 12, 2014
With such an announcement, we can only wonder why Khan keeps passing up really credible opponents? Though many believe Guerrero was schooled by Mayweather, if Khan could defeat him it would certainly add some intrigue to the idea of him fighting for a title. Instead, the name Luis Collazo is being mentioned, this being perhaps a credible bout for Khan, but would it put him on a path to Mayweather? Doubtful. It remains to be seen whether Amir Khan can even be victorious at the welterweight level, much less, fight on the biggest stage for the biggest pay day in boxing. He is quickly losing any credibility that he has left in the sport & should commit to a tough fight before he becomes irrelevant in boxing.