Mayweather vs Khan unlikely for September, even if Amir beats CaneloHot
Amir Khan vs Canelo Alvarez takes place this weekend, and with news of Floyd Mayweather possibly returning as some believe if Khan were to pull off the upset, it would setup Khan-Mayweather for September.
Let's pump the brakes on that one a little.
First, the only names Floyd has really mentioned for a return fight are Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, and Shawn Porter.
Also, as we reported, sources told Fightsaga Garcia is 'definitely' getting the fight in September. And Eddie Hearn suggested to BoxingScene.com that Floyd vs Garcia would happen as well, even giving the fight a date and venue (September 17 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.)
Regardless, if Khan does pull off the big upset this weekend, he would be the biggest opponent for Floyd and certainly be a prime canididate. But Khan would be out of the running altogether fot September due to his religious beliefs.
Khan is a devout Muslim who celebrates the fasting holiday Ramadan which is a month long, starting on June 6th and ending on July 5th. As a result, the holy period puts a hamper on Khan fighting in September because it wouldn't give Amir enough time to prepare for a fight of that significance.
It wouldn't be easy for Khan to stay in decent fighting shape during the month-long stretch, and if you look at Khan's career, he's rarely fought during or around the holiday.
The last time Khan fought during or near the holiday was 2012 when he lost by knockout to Danny Garcia. Abd before that, he fought Zab Judah in July of 2011.
Outside of the early stretch of Khan's career, Khan's only other time fighting in September was another knockout loss to Bredis Presscott.
Although Khan has never blamed his training camps being negatively affected by the holiday, it's pretty clear that it makes things a lot tougher to deal with.
And while Khan did tell the Independent last year that Ramadan wouldn't be an issue for a Mayweather fight in September 2015, it would be unlikely this year because it would force Khan to fight in back-to-back bouts in a short period. Also, if Khan beats Canelo, Ramadan does start early this year.
If Mayweather is returning in September and it is a 9-figure deal, it's probable that Floyd isn't just coming back for one fight.
But Khan, coming off a giant upset over Canelo, would certainly be the hottest Mayweather prospect for 2017 should Floyd fight into next year.