Monday, February 9, 2015
Who's Afraid Of Amir Khan? Maybe Some Top Boxers.
"Mayweather, Pacquiao, Cotto, Bradley, Marquez all available to fight around May.. Im ready and want to fight the best #LetsMakeItHappen"
Amir Khan Tweeted these words on Sunday in the continued hope of getting a big fight which, let's face it, he deserves at this point. A year ago, people laughed at Khan, seeing him as a man who was willing to risk his dignity in order to land a fight with Floyd Mayweather...a fight which never came about.
Now, however, it's clear that Khan should be taken seriously, not just by the naysayers, but by those men he wishes to meet in the ring, as well. Why? Well, first off, Khan is fast. Really fast. Perhaps even faster than Manny and Floyd. That could pose a stylistic problem for either fighter, particularly for Floyd.
What's more, Khan has had time to work on (or to learn to work around) his notorious glass jaw. In short, he may no longer be the same Khan who Danny Garcia and Breidis Prescott cold clocked, the same Khan who Marcos Maidana damn near polished off before the closing bell.
And if that's the case, Khan is a formidable foe indeed.
The Englishman was taking Garcia to school in 2012, after all, before Garcia was able to land big. What's more, Khan almost had Maidana down and out early in their Vegas throwdown. Add all this to the fact that Khan was an Olympic medalist in 2004 who now has over one and a half million Twitter followers and it becomes obvious there's a very a popular, very talented fighter on the scene.
Why, then, has Khan been largely ignored?
Well, for starters, the man did himself no favors by waiting around to be picked by Mayweather as an opponent. By doing that, Khan gave the world the impression of a jilted bride and that's never a good thing. Let's not forget about that speed, though. Or those thirty victories over the likes of Devon Alexander, Paulie Malignaggi, Maidana, Zab Judah, and Carlos Molina. They may have something to do with the fact that Khan hasn't been able to land a major bout, as well.
Things, however, may be about to change. If Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather falls through, both men will look bad if they don't give Khan a call. Cotto may be able to avoid meeting Khan based on the weight matter, true, but Bradley may indeed be eager to get Khan in the ring.
And that would be quite the match. What's more, the sky would be the limit for the winner.
So in the end, Khan may indeed find himself in the spotlight. How he will be able to handle the heat, however, will be up to him...and his opponent, whoever that may be.