Khan vs. Peterson: Resounding Win Will Demand a Khan vs. Mayweather Battle

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 09:  Unified Light-Welterweight Champion of the World Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson stand for photos during the official weigh-in for the Capital Showdown: Khan v Peterson at the Carnegie Library on December 9, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Amir Khan is only 25 years old, and it's no secret that he's one of the fastest rising stars in boxing. After he puts away Lamont Peterson, people are going to be clamoring for Khan to step into the ring with pound-for-pound legend Floyd Mayweather.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao isn't the only superfight that would draw record-smashing spectators. The world would be enamored by this fight, as it would give us a chance to see Mayweather go toe-to-toe with an actual threat.

It would also be the statement victory Khan needs to launch him into super stardom. Feeding Mayweather a loss would make him the sort of big name Mayweather has been for the past decade.

Many wonder what would have happened if fighters from different eras stepped into the ring with one another. If this fight happened, we won't have to wonder who would have had the upper hand had Khan and Mayweather stepped into the ring.

Mayweather vs. Ortiz and Pacquiao vs. Marquez left the boxing world with a bitter taste in its mouth. It's hard to see Khan vs. Peterson finishing with a controversial ending.

Khan has the power to rejuvenate the boxing world. It's time to put an end to the low-risk fights boxing's elite continue to put themselves in.

After Khan takes down Peterson in resounding fashion, boxing needs to figure out a way to have him square off against Money May.