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Amir Khan's next fight: Robert Guerrero and then Floyd Mayweather?

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Mayweather vs Khan in May? ...

Here we go again.

If you think you're experiencing an odd sense of déjà vu it's because you are.

Exactly one year ago, all indicators pointed to Amir Khan as Floyd Mayweather's next opponent. However, unlike last year, there's a mighty obstacle Khan must hurdle first.

According to sources, Khan is close to confirming a showdown with Robert Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KOs) for December or January in Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

"The fans are just amazing at the Barclays Center and I believe that we can close out the year with a big fight like that at the Barclays Center in December," said Golden Boy's Oscar De La Hoya.

"If not December, then, early next year."

Why Khan vs Guerrero?

Last year, the overwhelming sentiment among hardcore and casual fans alike, as well as the media, was Mayweather vs Khan would be a mis-match because the Brit had lost two of his last four fights.

As a result of fans' bitter disinterest in Mayweather vs Khan, Golden Boy and Team Mayweather were seemingly forced to look elsewhere for an opponent, finally deciding on Marcos Maidana.

And although Khan looked sensational against Luis Callazo in May, the win is probably still not enough to convince fans and the media that the British welterweight is deserving of nor would be competitive in a Mayweather showdown.

If Khan defeats Guerrero, however, the former's stock will surge and the victory will undoubtedly be used as ammunition against his naysayers.

Guerrero, who was outpointed by Mayweather in May 2013, is by no means anyone's "opponent." In 2012, he won two back-to-back bouts in the welterweight division and captured the WBC Interim Welterweight World Championship, making him the third fighter in boxing history to win a world title at featherweight and welterweight, joining the likes of legends Henry Armstrong and Manny Pacquiao.

The 5'9" Mexican-American also joined the exclusive fraternity of fighters who have jumped up two weight classes to win world championships during their careers. Others in that select group include Roberto Duran, Roy Jones Jr. and Sugar Shane Mosley.

Moreover, prior to the Mayweather loss, his lone defeat in the last nine years, and subsequent layoff afterwards, Guerrero was ranked No. 10 on THE RING's pound-for-pound list.

In June, Robert Guerrero made his successful return to the ring after a thirteen month layoff by scoring a unanimous decision over Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-2-1, 21 KOs) in a thrilling, action-packed Fight of the Year candidate.

If Khan looks good against Robert, he will have "earned" a shot at Mayweather and will, or at least should, become the fans' second pick for Floyd's next fight.

If Manny Pacquiao prevails next month, Mayweather vs Pacquiao will still be the undisputed top choice among fans and the general public regardless of what happens in Khan vs Guerrero.


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