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Amir Khan: Sacrificing greatness for one shot at money?

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Amir Khan, one of the most talented fighters in the world, and a top five welterweight, is hell bent on a shot at the money man, Floyd "Money" Mayweather. That is understandable, a fight with Mayweather brings notoriety from the casual boxing fan, a chance at being the first man to give Mayweather his first professional defeat, and of course a big payday. I don't blame Khan one bit for wanting those opportunities, but he hasn't earned that fight. To get a fight with Mayweather you need to do something special, to be able to bring something to the table, whether it’s a big following, a title, or public demand. Khan brings none of these things at this point in his career. His stock has fallen significantly, as well as the caliber of competition he's faced since leaving Freddie Roach and bringing in Virgil Hunter.

Let’s look at Khan's resume pre Virgil Hunter, he fought Paulie Malinaggi, Zab Judah, Marcos Maidana, Lamont Peterson, and Danny Garcia, that's a pretty impressive resume. Now let's look at Khan's resume post Freddie Roach, he's fought Julio Diaz, Carlos Molina, Luis Collazo, and Devon Alexander. Now if you compare those two resumes you'd know that his resume with Hunter pales in comparison to that of the one with Roach. During his time with Roach, Khan was on the rise in the states and by far the main man in the UK. His following was huge because he consistently challenged himself, and beat pretty much every top guy he faced. He did have a few bumps in the road, including a TKO loss to Danny Garcia, and a controversial decision loss to Lamont Peterson.

In his time with Hunter Khan has clearly improved, it’s just too bad the same can't be said about his competition. I know people are going to say, “Well he did beat Collazo and Alexander.” Yes he did, and he did so impressively, but both Collazo and Alexander have seen better days. Alexander is still a very good fighter, but a win over him doesn't equate to a shot at Mayweather, nor do wins over Collazo, Molina and Diaz. The guys Khan should be facing to put himself in position to face Mayweather, and have the public push for it, are Keith Thurman, Kell Brook, Timothy Bradley, and Robert Guerrero, just to name a few, you can even throw Adrien Broner's name in there.

Speaking of Kell Brook, Khan's fellow countrymen and bitter rival, he's repeatedly called for a fight with Khan, which would be a huge fight for not only the UK, but boxing in general. Khan seems to be "ducking" Brook to avoid risking any remaining chance he has at facing Mayweather. That takes me to this, Khan is scheduled back in the ring May 29th, for PCB on SPIKE against former junior welterweight titlist Chris Algieri. This fight has mismatch written all over it. Algieri is a good fighter, but he's a good fighter with limited experience. I look at him as a poor man’s version of Amir Khan. I expect Khan to win this fight rather easily, and continue to call for a fight Mayweather. It’s really unfortunate that he's doing this because in my opinion he's risking greatness and his legacy by continuing to fight C and B level competition by chasing that one shot at money.

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