Khan Versus Salita: Do We Really Need This Fight?

Bill CodyCorrespondent IIIDecember 1, 2009

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 18:  Amir Khan throws a right cross on his way to beating  Andreas Kotelnik to become the new WBA Light Welterweight Champion  on July 18, 2009  at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England.  (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
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There have been a lot of articles from the British press comparing Amir Khan to Manny Pacquiao lately. Which makes sense.

Khan is a talented young man with fast hands just like Manny. He has shown flashes of brilliance like the Pac-Man

He also showed his lack of defense and weak chin with a first round knockout early in his career like Pacquiao. And most importantly he sought out Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach to correct his deficiencies just like Manny did.

Unfortunately, that is where the comparisons stop for many boxing fans. Because even though Khan has looked better in his last four fights, he really hasn't fought anyone who could give him troubles. And Saturday looks like more of the same.

I'm not saying Khan has fought tomato cans, but his wins were over carefully considered opponents tailor made for Amir's strengths.

His first big comeback fight was a victory over an old, shot Marco Antonio Barrera who was moving up in weight. He won his first title fight over the game but soft hitting Ukranian born Andriy Kotelnik.

And this Saturday he will be defending his title against the soft hitting Ukranian born Dimtriy Salita. (Why is that Ukranians can't break an egg? Don't they have heavy bags over there?)

Not only that but all of these fight shave been in front of sold out pro-Khan crowds in England where a judge would have to consider how much money they had in life insurance before considering giving Khan's opponent the win.

In that regards he looks a lot more like Ricky Hatton than the current pound for pound king. Or should I say a typical Frank Warren fighter. I could go farther and say overrated British fighter who can't win outside of England, but I don't want to insult my Brit readers.

Oh, right. I just did.

Now I do understand why Khan's handlers have played the game this way. Khan is a big draw in England and a huge money maker for not only himself, but his handlers and his opponents.

But they shouldn't be surprised that the rest of the world is still wondering if the kid is for real, or one good punch away from another knockout. The only way we're going to find out is for Khan to fight someone who can give him a fight.

Especially before anyone compares him to an all time great like Manny Pacquiao.