Floyd Mayweather Next Fight: Amir Khan To Be Named Next Opponent? Boxer Likely Chosen Over Danny Garcia, Timothy Bradley
Floyd Mayweather has yet to officially announce the opponent for his next fight. Rumors are circulating, though, that the undefeated boxer has already decided who he’ll face in 2014.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated has been told that a Floyd Mayweather vs. Amir Khan bout is a “done deal.” Nothing has been confirmed, but an announcement could come next week.
On Sept. 14, Mayweather defeated Canelo Alvarez by majority decision. Since then, there has been much speculation about who the 36-year will step in the ring with next. Mayweather has four fights left on his deal with Showtime, and he has stated that he will fight in May and September of the upcoming year, just like he did in 2013.
Khan won’t say that the fight is a done deal. He has, however, expressed supreme confidence if the bout does take place.
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Amir Khan has the ability to cause Floyd Mayweather serious problems if the pair step into the ring together.
That’s the view of Ricky Hatton, who was beaten by the American back in 2007.
Bolton-born Khan is set for a career defining bout with the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world next May, with London being touted as a possible host.
And, while stopping short of backing the 26-year-old to beat five-division world champion ‘Money’ Mayweather, Hatton believes his fellow Briton will prove a lot of his doubters wrong.
“Amir Khan is probably the closest fighter to Floyd Mayweather from a speed point of view,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Floyd usually has fighters out flying at him, like Miguel Cotto or myself, so it will be interesting to see if he has to cut the ring down and try and go after someone.
“It’s not a mismatch, Khan likes to have a fight. His best attributes are his speed and his boxing ability. If he sticks to that, jabs and moves, and Floyd has to come after him, then he might have to style to cause him serious problems. I’m not sure he’d beat him though.”
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To understand why the pay-per-view sales of Floyd Mayweather’s masterpiece victory over Canelo Alvarez last week in Las Vegas did so well, it requires some understanding of why so many want to throw dirt onto boxing and bury it.
Boxing historically has been one of the most poorly organised, poorly run sports in professional athletics. Even in its heyday, it was a loosely run business where the rules were adjusted on the fly, or ignored altogether, to suit the needs of a given promoter.
There were no business plans written, outlining strategies for success. Anyone who wants to be a promoter, with just a few dollars in the bank, can do so. There is no barrier to entry and so no end of miscreants, naïve dreamers and con artists who have called themselves promoters.
If boxing were a publicly traded company, it would have been committed to the history books long ago.
For decades, there have been too many titles and too many cheaters and too many mismatches and plenty of ignorance about sound business practices.
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The judge who scored the Floyd Mayweather vs Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez title fight a 114-114 draw has defended her analysis of the bout, despite it being the second time she’s made international headlines for a controversial decision.
Mayweather, boxing’s pound-for-pound king, was visibly shocked when he could only win via majority decision, despite controlling the action for long periods of the 12-round fight.
Judges Craig Metcalfe [117-111] and Dave Moretti [116-112] scored it comfortably in favour of Mayweather, while CJ Ross had it 114-114.
Speaking to TMZ, Ross was undaunted. “I stand by my decision,” she said.
But there was little hiding the shock felt by the crowd, boxing analysts and Mayweather himself. The undefeated 36-year-old (45-0) uttered an obscenity when a majority decision was announced, before later saying: “I thought it was a joke. I’m not in control of what the judges do. I am in shock [by] whoever had it even.”
Should Mayweather have been shocked? Maybe not, if you examine past results.
Little more than 12 months ago, Ross was involved in another controversial decision in the world title bout between Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao and undefeated American Timothy Bradley.
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USA TODAY Sports was on the scene for round-by-round updates of the highly anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Mayweather scored a majority-decision victory over Alvarez. Judge C.J. Ross scored it 114-114 even, a baffling score. She was overruled by tallies of 116-112 by Dave Moretti and 117-111 by Craig Metcalfe for Mayweather, the new junior middleweight champion of the world by majority decision. The 114-114 score is an absolutely stunning score, which did not come close to truly representing the action. The judges had it far closer than anyone at ringside.
Mayweather was humble in victory. Alvarez offered no excuses following the bout and said, through a translator, “I didn’t know how to get him. … We were trying to catch him.”
ROUND 12: Alvarez tries to rough up Mayweather in the final round, as Mayweather is happy to jump on his bicycle and kill the clock. An uneventful end to an uneventful fight. The fans started for the exits during the round. Another masterpiece by Mayweather, who shows no signs of slowing down at 36. We now go to the scorecards for what should be a formality. Mayweather wins on this card, 118-110.
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