This weekend two heavily hyped Golden Boy fighters will fight in Madison Square Garden with an eye on the future.
Victor Ortiz was the apple of Oscar De La Hoya's eye prior to getting a vicious beat down from Marcos Maidana last June.
The personable young fighter from Oxnard by way of Kansas was supposed to be the new Oscar. He even had his own MTV reality crew following him around town.
Unfortunately, Maidana wasn't clued in on GBP's big plans. The tough Argentinian came back from three knockdowns in the first two rounds before knocking out Ortiz and sending him to the hospital in the sixth. Ortiz was beaten so soundly many boxing insiders thought he might retire after the bout.
He ended up moving up in weight and winning two fights in the last year against less than stellar opponents.On Saturday night he faces much stiffer competition in star-crossed Nate Campbell but I still like Ortiz to win the fight.
Campbell didn't look very good against Timothy Bradley in his last fight, and the 38-year-old is moving up in weight to fight Ortiz.
Khan was English promoter Frank Warren's new English money maker, fighting stiffs in front of packed crowds until he walked into a barrage of punches from Breidis Prescott back in 2008.
Khan lasted a round and since that time he's been facing hand picked opponents who can't really punch. That has allowed him to regain his status as a rising star despite a questionable chin.
Warren's maneuvering worked so well in fact that Golden Boy pinched his fighter when his contract ran out last year.
He'll be fighting Paulie Malignaggi, a motor-mouthed Brooklynite would be one of the all time great fighters if only he could fight with his words instead of his fists.
Malignaggi is perfect for Khan, a light hitting fighter with a decent following.
Look for a couple of decent fights this weekend and two wins for the Golden Boy stable setting both fighters up for big paydays in the future. Maybe even another reality show featuring one or both fighters.
But don't look for either of these guys to fight a tough cookie like Maidana again any time soon. That's more reality than either of these guys are ready to handle.