COMMENTARY | Floyd Mayweather's next fight has been the subject of ongoing speculation, with a new story or rumor popping up on a near daily basis since the pound for pound kingpin dismantled Saul "Canelo" Alvarez last September. As it stands, Amir Khan somehow seems to be the leading candidate to land the fight. However, he's entirely undeserving of the fight, and a Mayweather vs. Khan fight in May 2014 would be an utter joke.
Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) was knocked out by Danny Garcia in July 2012. It marked his second straight defeat, although his decision loss to Lamont Peterson in December 2011 was controversial.
He has fought just twice in the year and a half since that knockout defeat to Garcia, and has only hurt his cause as a potential Mayweather opponent with poor efforts against lackluster opposition.
In his most recent outing, in April 2013, Khan took on Julio Diaz, a fighter years removed from his best. Since Diaz captured a Lightweight strap against Jesus Chavez in February 2007, he's gone just 6-6-1 in the ensuing seven years.
Yet, Diaz was able to knock Khan down in the 4th Round of their fight, and had him hurt on at least one other occasion. Khan scraped by with a narrow points win. The only other action Khan has seen since his KO loss to Garcia, the second time in his career he's been kayoed, was against the entirely untested Carlos Molina, whom Khan outclassed in rather ho-hum fashion, a win which meant little besides allowing him to attempt to regain his confidence.
He was supposed to fight Devon Alexander in December. A win there, which also would have offered Khan a Welterweight title strap, would have made him a viable, if still not ideal, candidate.
Yet, the fight fell through -- largely because Khan wanted to chase the Mayweather fight. The recurring theme in his career is that he insists on publicly chasing Mayweather, while failing to focus on the fights and fighters he has in front of him.
If he had only taken the Alexander bout, and secured a victory, he could very well be in position to fight Mayweather. If he had won and put on a dominant showing, we very well might even be excited for the fight, eager to see the rejuvenated Khan give it a go against the world's best.
Except that didn't happen. Khan has done absolutely nothing to deserve the fight against the Mayweather, and the huge opportunity and paycheck which comes along with it.
Meanwhile, Shawn Porter landed the title shot against Alexander, and defeated him for a breakout win. Marcos Maidana just upset Adrien Broner. Danny Garcia has the win over Khan, and an even more impressive victory over Lucas Matthysse, to his credit. Keith Thurman is continuing to lay waste to anyone who steps in the ring with him. Erislandy Lara put on a boxing clinic against Austin Trout. Timothy Bradley scored a hard fought win over Juan Manuel Marquez.
All of these fighters are more attractive and legitimate options than Khan. All of them have done their most convincing talking where it matters most, in the ring.
Until and unless Khan actually proves himself to be a top Welterweight, he has no business being in the ring with Floyd Mayweather. A Mayweather vs. Khan fight would be a waste -- a waste of what is likely one of Mayweather's final fights, and a waste of our time.
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