Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told the Daily Telegraph on Thursday that Amir “King” Khan is being groomed to scrap WBC world welterweight champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather at some point in 2013.
Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs), an obnoxious blowhard who rightfully earned the BWAA “Fighter of the Year” award in 2007, will clash with WBA world light-welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Two weeks later on May 19, Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) will challenge IBF and WBA world light welterweight titleholder Lamont “Havoc” Peterson for his crowns in a rematch at the Mandalay Bay in “Sin City” on May 19.
The two prizefighter’s will first need to emerge victorious in their respective battles before any negotiations even begin.
“We would like him to have one fight at welterweight if he beats Peterson, and then there is the match with Mayweather,” said Schaefer. “We have discussed it with the Mayweather camp, and they are interested.”
The native of Switzerland noted that “King Khan” doesn’t always have to be the aggressor in the ring.
“I don’t know how to say it more elegantly, but sometimes Amir’s balls are too big for his own good,” said Schaefer. “Look at Mayweather – he’s a master tactician who knows how to use defensive and offensive skills and has been knocking people out recently. He knows what it takes to win and fights very smart.”
Schaefer then mentioned the controversial match in December when Khan relinquished his belts to Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) on a split decision loss at the Convention Center in “Havoc’s” hometown of Washington, D.C.
“Amir has the skills, speed and power, but what he needs to work on are the ‘ring smarts’ and not get carried away. He’s still very young and he learnt a lot from the Peterson fight. We’ll see if he applies that on May 19.”
In their initial meeting, Khan contended he was sandbagged by referee Joe Cooper who deducted two points from the erstwhile titlist for pushing in the seventh and 12th rounds.
Khan, who prior to the loss had triumphed in six consecutive bouts, forced the action against Peterson and scored the only knockdown in the fight late in the first round.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a respected boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron completely agrees that Khan was shafted.
“Amir Khan got mugged,” said Perron, 75, who helped work with Marvelous Marvin Hagler in the 1980s. “Without those two point deductions, Khan was an easy winner. There will be a rematch. But, not in D.C. and Khan will destroy him.”
Amir Khan indeed “will destroy” Lamont Peterson in a neutral venue later this spring.
Similarly, in all likelihood, Floyd Mayweather will somehow manage to trump Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs), a four-time world champion in three weight divisions, on Cinco de Mayo.
Nevertheless, no matter the outcome of the two bouts, the decent Amir Khan is not a man ready to throw fists with the great Floyd Mayweather.