Upon the announcement made by Khan in Dubai that he has signed his part of the deal to fight Mayweather on May 3 in Las Vegas, the Twitter-sphere surrounding World Boxing News went into overdrive.
The vast quantity of replies to WBN are stating that Khan has not earned his chance at Mayweather and that the likes of Danny Garcia, Marcos Maidana and Timothy Bradley are the top choices to be handed to opportunity.
With rumours coming out of the UK from reliable sources that Mayweather had earmarked Khan from as early as October, those who oppose the bout are certain to face disappointment barring a last minute change of heart by the pound for pound number one.
As WBN revealed early yesterday, WBA champion Maidana has not even been contacted about a possible unification with WBC title holder Mayweather, whilst Garcia and Bradley have seemingly never been in the frame either.
This has angered a big percentage of the boxing community who see the Khan fight as an easy passage for Mayweather, who most say will win by stoppage – with some believing it would be in the early rounds.
The ball is firmly sitting in Mayweather’s court, as ever, although it seems to be too late to halt the announcement that Khan will challenge ‘Money’ for the WBC welterweight belt in what will be his debut at the 147lb limit.
Khan, 27, looked less than impressive in his warm-up catchweight bout in Sheffield last April against Julio Diaz and calls for Mayweather to justify his choice of the Briton seems to have some basis given the other contenders currently available.
WBC and WBA 140lb king Garcia does seems to have the best credentials having taken out Khan in just four rounds in 2012 and gone from strength to strength since, whilst Maidana’s win over Adrien Broner certainly has more clout than a win over Diaz at 142lbs.
Given that Bradley is promoted by Bob Arum, that rules him out of the equation – as Mayweather readies himself to feel the wrath of the public, who are clamouring for what they see as a more even match-up.
Obviously, the encounter that tops everthing is a fight between Mayweather and long-time rival Manny Pacquiao – as now seems to be a better time than any to seal a purse-busting PPV extravaganza.
Mayweather putting Khan on the alert in the aftermath of the Saul Alvarez fight, coupled with the further involvement of Arum, has yet again dashed the hopes of all who pine for the two best fighters of their generation to collide.
Pacquiao wants it, the world wants it, there is no doubt both pay-per-view networks – Showtime and HBO want it, so it just leaves Mayweather to work out whether he can put aside his differences with Top Rank to show the world he wants it.
Sadly until that time comes around, a high percentage of the sports’ money-paying public will feel let down – as the most lucrative fight in the history of boxing continually slips through their fingers.
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