Amir Khan vs. Marcos Maidana: Why Not a Rematch on April 16?
Current WBA world super lightweight champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KO) is still looking for an opponent for his April 16 fight in England.
There are two possible opponents for Amir Khan. One of them is the undefeated British champ John Murray (30-0, 18 KO) and the other opponent is the undefeated Irish southpaw, Paul McCloskey (21-0, 11 KO)
At this moment it looks like Khan will most likely be facing McCloskey on April 16 at the Men Arena in Manchester. They are still negotiating and waiting for McCloskey's answer, although some believe the Irish southpaw is getting ripped off on the price.
That's the main problem right now with the Khan-McCloskey negotiations; if Golden Boy Promotions doesn't offer a little more money, negotiations may fail and will get ruined the same way the Lamont Peterson negotiations did, due to money issues.
One fighter that is out of the picture for the possible Manchester event is Argentina's Marcos "El Chino" Maidana (29-2, 27 KO). Maidana failed to pull off the victory against Khan last month in Las Vegas, Nev. The British champ recently made a comment about the Maidana-Khan negotiations.
“Maidana had asked for a stupid number to fight and then came to his senses and accepted the second offer,” Khan said.
Marcos Maidana isn't too happy about Khan's statement. Maidana is furious and wants a rematch. He is even willing to go to Manchester to fight him.
Maidana really didn't like the comment and stated, "Obviously, my team asked for the kind of money I deserved at the time. And that money was not even going to be paid by Khan but by Golden Boy Promotions. What Khan did then was to push for Golden Boy to pay me less money in order for him to make more.
"What kind of bullsh*t is he saying now? That I came to my senses? Khan is the one who needs to come to his senses and understand that he is not the only one who can make good money here.
"He has to choose which side of boxing industry he wants to stay. Is he a boxer or a promoter? He is selfish and cheap by offering crap purses to his opponents."
Maidana believes he can can defeat Khan in a rematch; he said Khan will never give him the rematch, because he knows is too much of a risk.
"I’d go to England right now to pick what I left in Las Vegas and beat him,” Maidana said.
It looks like Amir "King" Khan found a way to really get Maidana fired up.
If Khan-McCloskey negotiations go wrong, Khan can always accept Maidana's offer and take the rematch.
But will Khan be willing to take the risk? We will most likely find out who Khan will be facing this Sunday. Since both camps are supposed to come to an agreement this weekend.
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