Amir Khan comes into his 140-pound title unification bout Saturday night with Danny Garcia as a sizable favorite, but that doesn't mean that he should be looking past his young opponent—Garcia will be as dangerous to Khan as he allows him to be.
Garcia has put together a 23-0 record highlighted by recent wins over veteran Erik Morales and former light welterweight champion Kendall Holt. If Khan wants to avoid being the next big name added to Garcia's record, he'll need to make sure that he brings his best effort to the fight.
Khan is coming off of a split-decision loss to Lamont Peterson and needs to rebound in a big way. Recently Khan seems to be more focused on a potential bout with Floyd Mayweather than his opponent at hand. According to boxingscene.com, Khan is looking forward to a clash with the welterweight champion and believes he would come out victorious:
I can win the WBC title and will have held three of the four belts in the light-welterweight division, so it's time to move up to 147lbs. I just think there are more challenges out there for me in that division...
I know I will cause Mayweather problems. He's getting older and slower now. It's the best time to catch him. I really believe I do have the style to beat him."
While Khan's confidence that he can beat one of boxing's pound-for-pound greats is commendable, his willingness to look past Garcia has to come into question. A move to 147 pounds may be inevitable as Khan alludes to, but a worthy challenge in Garcia lies ahead of him and it is vital that he take care of that business first before looking ahead.
Khan has been upset before—when Khan was rising up the ranks he had a first-round knockout loss at the hands of little-known Breidis Prescott. While Khan has been dominant since then, only losing once in the aforementioned controversial loss to Peterson, it shows that he isn't invincible and needs to show up against Garcia.
Khan is the favorite—and for good reason, but taking on an undefeated champion like Garcia doesn't come without its own dangers. Khan will need to be mindful of that if he wants to set himself up for a big payday and fight against Mayweather.