Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s unanimous-decision victory over Marcos Maidana mandates that he seek out superior competition as his career approaches a close.
With a mere two fights remaining to make a lasting impression before he enters retirement, "Money" would be wise to take on Amir Khan as his next opponent.
Brian Campbell of ESPN.com fittingly summarized how the second faceoff between Mayweather and Maidana wasn't all that entertaining, with the bottom-line outcome never in any real doubt:
Khan is a logical candidate to step into the ring with arguably the best pound-for-pound of the current generation.
The British star has recently expressed a desire to square off with Mayweather, too, per ESNews via Boxing News 24's Scott Gilfoid:
I want to fight Floyd Mayweather and I want to promote England. It would be great for the country and for the people. Kell Brook will always be there. He’s young. But Mayweather’s not always going to be there and that’s why I really want that fight. It has nothing to do with money. It’s because I really believe I can win that fight.
Who wouldn't want a chance to put a dent in Mayweather's 47-0 record? If the Manny Pacquiao fight is never going to happen, it appears logical for Mayweather to schedule a bout with Khan.
And the fight wouldn't take place at the familiar stomping grounds Mayweather has grown so comfortable in for the past 10 bouts at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Instead, the showdown with Khan could take place at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
Per Gareth A. Davies of The Telegram, Mayweather is on record professing his gratitude for the support fans in the United Kingdom have offered him over the years. Boosting his already immense brand to another level would be one potential incentive to take his talents to the other side of the Atlantic.
It would also be a step up in the quality of his adversary, as Mayweather has proven plenty capable of beating Maidana twice within the past several months. Khan is extremely quick, 10 years Mayweather's junior and presents a legitimate challenge—especially if the fight takes place in Khan's homeland.
As much as the UK fans may appreciate Mayweather, they could really get behind Khan and create the conditions for a highly competitive thriller. Most of Mayweather's recent opponents haven't been huge threats to beat him, save for the beginning of his first encounter with Maidana.
Following consecutive losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, Khan has shown exceptional resolve. He notched a TKO triumph over Carlos Molina and showed endurance in unanimous-decision wins over Julio Diaz and Luis Collazo.
Now Khan is the WBC Silver and WBA International Welterweight champion, with both substance as a fighter and credentials on his resume worthy of doing battle with Mayweather.
If Mayweather isn't going to take on Pacquiao, traveling to London to face Khan would be the best move for his career. Critics would have little ammunition if he were able to outfox a lightning-fast, volume puncher in Khan.
Check out some more testimony from Khan about how confident he is in a potential clash with Mayweather, per FightNights.com:
Unlike Maidana, whose combination of power and aggression saw him burn out both times versus Mayweather, Khan has the endurance and explosiveness to give Mayweather problems. It might not be enough to defeat him, but there is little doubt a fight between the two would go 12 rounds—if only because Mayweather doesn't have the pop to knock Khan out.
All things considered, a Mayweather-Khan battle would likely produce a nail-biting decision that Mayweather may win. Whether it's shrouded in controversy or not, both fighters will gain respect in the boxing community—Mayweather for seeking a better foe and Khan for giving the legend all he could handle.
There is always the risk for Mayweather that he could suffer his first loss, and he wouldn't have control of his surroundings as he always has in recent years. However, he's managed to stay perfect for 47 fights, so until someone proves otherwise, this is a great business and boxing legacy decision for Mayweather to weigh and ultimately act on.