Could Floyd Mayweather Be Eyeing A Fight With Amir Khan After Robert Guerrero?
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Could Floyd Mayweather Be Eyeing A Fight With Amir Khan After Robert Guerrero?
By Jason Petock, Doghouse Boxing (May 1, 2013)

L-R: Amir Khan, Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr, Robert "Ghost" Guerrero
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It’s no secret that Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. (43-0/26 KOs) has endeared himself over the years to U.K. boxing fans across the Atlantic for quite some time now. In signing an unprecedented 6 fight pay-per-view deal with Showtime Networks, Inc. and the CBS Corporation for a load of zeros on the end of it, Mayweather has ensured that both his legacy and bank account will remain that much more secure in the long run as he looks ahead to future endeavors in the U.K. within the next 2 years, after his fight with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1/18 KOs) on Saturday, May 4, 2013 of course. To be as openly unabashed about the massive fame and fortune that he has enjoyed through his efforts in boxing, Floyd Mayweather has remained an icon who tends to rub a few people the wrong way. From being booed by fans after making “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-4-2/22 KOs) pay for his obvious insolence and intentional head butt by dropping him in dramatic form in the 4th round of their fight, when Ortiz failed to protect himself while looking for a bailout from seasoned referee Joe Cortez before hitting the deck, to wearing a sombrero before his bout against Oscar “Golden Boy” De La Hoya (39-6/30 KOs) back in 2007, Mayweather is as much a master of boxing as he is at pushing the public’s buttons and becoming either the hero or the villain that we want him to be.

Guerrero is in front of the line against Mayweather first though. On a publicity tour that has been anything but boring, the Mayweather and Guerrero camps have both promised to deliver in their own right. With Floyd Mayweather being 36 years old, a younger Robert Guerrero, at 30, hopes to capitalize considerably on what he perceives as an older, slowing Mayweather. “The Ghost” told the press recently regarding Floyd that, “He puts more pressure on guys. I think that has to do with him not being able to move as good on his legs”. Should Mayweather’s legs actually be slowing down, or this just a criticism of Guerrero of his opponent, one thing that has not slowed is Mayweather’s hand speed. Robert Guerrero may consider his Championship bout against Floyd Mayweather as a fabled “David vs. Goliath”, but if you were to probably ask the 43 boxers who faced Mayweather in the ring if they thought they could beat the man with a pebble at any juncture during their fights, they would more than likely answer in unison with a resounding no. Credit should definitely be extended to Guerrero for taking such a difficult fight against Mayweather while attempting to dethrone the pound-for-pound Champion of boxing.

With Amir “King” Khan (28-3/19 KOs) as a possible future opponent for Mayweather, the prospect of such a showdown in the U.K. would only skyrocket “Money’s” appeal that much more with fans across the globe. Mayweather is a household name and he has used his brand worldwide to market himself as effectively and lucratively as possible. The reason for Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s success stems from not only his remarkable boxing skills in the ring, but also from a shrewd business sense about his career and where it is headed. In surrounding himself with the right people to help guide him along the way and holding his family close to his heart, Mayweather has found a business model that works on both a professional and personal level. With a boxing resume that is hard to match and a technical ability that remains flawless, at least on the surface in Mayweather, Khan would have to get on his bicycle like he did against Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (40-8-1/29 KOs) and hope and pray to get another gift decision against Floyd like he did with Diaz . The problem with that is with Floyd, Khan will have hand speed, angles, defense, and slick counterpunching and offense to contend with should they fight. Factor in the weak beard of Amir and it could prove to be an easy “W” for Floyd in the U.K.

Speculation is just that and nothing more. Guerrero is Mayweather’s first task in a list of 6 with Showtime. If the script holds true to form and Mayweather doesn’t skip a beat at 36, the next 5 opponents for the mega-star could be anyone, anywhere, anytime, hopefully with the 2nd being in the U.K. You see, it’s far easier for the rest of us to hold Floyd Mayweather, Jr., or any boxer for that matter, under the strongest of microscopes and pick apart their every move inside and outside of the squared circle. Whether it is either our choice, job, or passion to report about boxers and what they may do or not do in their day-to-day lives as fighters, it needs to become more of an obligation of ours to honor these brave men and their chosen craft. Boxing is the hardest professional sport out there hands down. Boxing can be as unforgiving and cruel as it is beautiful and awe-inspiring. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. as a boxer has proven to the world that a fighter can come from humble beginnings and take over the boxing landscape with an iron grip, dollar signs in your eyes, and a knack for the extreme that puts asses in the seats and fills mouths with feet accordingly. Hate him if you want to because that’s what he wants anyway. That’s the pure magic of Floyd’s game plan inside and outside of the ring, he continues to hit you and you never even see it coming.
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