Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Why Amir Khan may face winner or loserWritten by Lee Cleveland
Khan, who has been lobbying incessantly for a high-money showdown with Floyd Mayweather for over a year, has now apparently set his sites on Manny Pacquiao.
Khan tweeted yesterday: "Who wants to see Khan vs Pacquiao because I know Mayweather is running?"
Is Khan oblivious that a deal is close to being struck for Mayweather vs Pacquiao, which will probably be the biggest fight ever?
Certainly he understands he must take a backseat to both legends.
Amir Khan likely realizes he will not be the next opponent for Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. However, unlike his peers, the British boxer is making early investments, hoping they'll yield a high return in late 2015 or early 2016.
Following Mayweather vs Pacquiao this spring (should it happen), Floyd will still have one more fight left on his highly lucrative Showtime/CBS contract. And Manny Pacquiao, whose financial issues have been well-publicized, recently stated he intends to fight for a few more years.
If Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao don't immediately rematch each other in late 2015, Amir Khan is, at this moment, the most likely candidate for Mayweather and a possible foe for Pacquiao so long as the three fighters remain in good standing on boxing's elite level.
What other welterweight or jr welterweight would draw more international interest - and overall revenue - than Khan? The boxer from Bolton realizes this and is hitting the campaign trail early, already putting the notion of Mayweather vs Khan and Pacquiao vs Khan in our collective minds and thoughts.
And yes, his legions of fans is also greater than Manny's last three opponents, combined (Brandon Rios, Tim Bradley and Chris Algieri).
And sans Pacquiao and Mayweather, Khan has more followers on social media than any other active boxer.
- Facebook: 2.7 million
- Twitter: 1.54 million
Perhaps not a big deal in the States or among hardcore fight fans, Amir Khan, internationally, is hugely popular and would draw enormous attention if pitted against PacMan or Money, thus making the Brit a very attractive opponent, monetarily.
Khan is already making wise investments by attaching his name to Floyd and Manny so as long as he keeps winning, look for him to face Mayweather or Pacquiao in late 2015 or sometime next year.
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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