Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Marcos "El Chino" Maidana will probably have a rematch of their early-May fight in September, as comments made in the post-fight press conference indicate there is still plenty of bad blood between the two fighters.
El Chino gave Money and run for his...money. Mayweather ultimately won in a judges' decision, though it wasn't unanimous. Maidana showed his brawler's mentality by throwing punch after punch (many of which didn't connect) to keep Mayweather on his toes. He landed a few good ones, leaving a welt or two on his face.
Maidana did damage to Mayweather, and it was damage that the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world probably didn't anticipate happening when he chose Maidana over Amir Khan. Money likes to pick his opponents based on his own strengths and weaknesses, and he felt as if Maidana better catered to his style of fighting.
If that was the case, then what kind of damage will Khan be able to do against him? There's really only one way to find out.
After fighting Maidana again in September, Mayweather should square off against Khan. Considering Mayweather's recent schedule of fights, that would pit the two against each other in May 2015.
Khan proved himself a worthy opponent for Mayweather yet again in his destruction of Luis Collazo. In that fight, he won every round on two of three official scorecards and knocked Collazo down three times. The 27-year-old has set himself up wonderfully for a fight against Mayweather, who happens to be a decade older.
On fighting Mayweather with a big age advantage, Khan told Bob Velin of USA Today that he is the one who can take down the undefeated champion:
Floyd's getting a little older now. Floyd looks beatable. A lot of people want the fight now because they want a young lion to come up and see him get beat.
The only person who has the chance to do that is me.
Khan certainly has the track record. Aside from dismantling Collazo, he has beaten Maidana in the past. Knowing how his abilities differ from El Chino's, he's confident that his skills will translate better in the ring against Money, via Velin:
I really believe I can do a lot better than Maidana did, no disrespect. Maidana is much slower than me, and he was catching Floyd.
Imagine what I could do.
Mayweather generally doesn't stray away from fighters that talk smack his way. After finishing his next fight against Maidana, the only logical step to take is to fight Khan. Sure, seeing him fight Manny Pacquiao would be a gift from the boxing gods, but let's be honest with each other—that probably won't happen.
If it does, then great. The boxing world would finally get the fight it deserves. But let's not get our hopes up.
Khan represents the next best fighter that Mayweather could do battle with right now. Given that his career is almost over, it'd be best if he fought the better fighters as soon as possible if he has hopes of maintaining his perfect mark.
Khan is fast, powerful and determined to defeat Mayweather. The only thing that's stopping this fight is Mayweather's declaration of a rematch and failure to yet name his next opponent in May. Expect Khan to hear his name called after that rematch.
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