Danny Garcia Beats Amir Khan: What's Next for 'King Khan' After Loss

Mick Akers@@mickakersAnalyst IJuly 15, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 14:  Amir Khan of Great Britain receives a ten count after being knocked down against Danny Garcia during their WBC/ WBA Super Lightweight and vacant Ring Magazine Junior Welterweight title fight at Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 14, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Even after WBA junior welterweight title holder Amir Khan's shocking loss to Danny Garcia Saturday night (in what was supposed to be former WBA junior welterweight title holder Amir Khan's last conquest at the 140-pound limit before jumping up to the welterweight division), he proved he can still land big fights at 147 pounds.

Let's face it, Khan (26-3, 18 KOs) looked good for the first two rounds and even opened up a cut on Garcia (24-0, 15 KOs) with an uppercut, but in a sport where one punch can change everything, that is exactly what happened Saturday night.

Khan got hit with one of those shots that is hard to regain composure from, and although he went down fighting after a spirited round-and-a-half, he eventually just couldn't get himself together and was knocked out by a hungry Garcia.

Moving up to the welterweight division will offer quite a few attractive fights for Khan, and he still has a chance to make the fight with Floyd Mayweather that he has been wanting for sometime now, with a few big wins at the 147-pound limit.

According to BoxingScene.com, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schafer said the big fights are there for Khan if he so chooses to make the jump to welterweight.

(At 147), there could be Devon Alexander if he wins against Randall Bailey. If (Robert) Guerrero would win (against Selcuck Aydin), a fight with Guerrero. Paulie Malignaggi, at 147. Paulie has looked very good. Amir coming off this now, going for a title at 147, I could see that. There are definitely opportunities at 147.

Any of the three aforementioned bouts would be great comeback fights for Khan to make, and he would likely need one more win over a noted opponent at 147 before Mayweather's camp even mentions his name as a possible opponent.

Khan is still one of the most popular fighters in the game, so if he can get back to his winning ways, there is no reason why he can't make a serious run at Mayweather and the 147-pound division as the next move in his still bright career.