Amir ‘The King’ Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) has quite the aspirations, hoping to bring self-proclaimed ‘King’, the undefeated Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr. (49 – 0) out of retirement with a big win over WBC middleweight champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1) on May 7th.
With a win over the Mexican middleweight champ, Amir Khan can use that wind to take on WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia for his title. A win over both these dream match-ups would undoubtedly set ‘The King’ on platform to call out the greatest defensive boxer of all time out of his current hiatus.
“The next 12 months could be massive for me. I win this fight [against Canelo], I get back down to 147, and I’ll fight for the 147 WBC title [against Danny Garcia]. I’m in a great position. Beat Canelo, become middleweight champion, then go back down to 147 to fight Garcia to become the welterweight world champion. Maybe call Mayweather out, even though I didn’t get a chance against him. I do respect him,”said Khan.
“The next 12 months could be massive for me. I win this fight (against Canelo), I get back down to 147, and I’ll fight for the 147 WBC title (against Danny Garcia). I’m in a great position. Beat Canelo, become middleweight champion, then go back down to 147 to fight Garcia to become the welterweight world champion. Maybe call Mayweather out, even though I didn’t get a chance against. I do respect him”.
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To achieve greatness you have to dream big. But is Khan’s dream an inflated one?
First off, Khan is putting on weight and muscle for a fight against a naturally bigger, and stronger fighter in Saul Alvarez – putting on the weight to match him is challenge enough, facing ‘Canelo’s’ natural middleweight power is another. Putting on weight to go up a weight class is comparatively easier than shedding it off. It leaves a fighter drained, tired, and weak to face top-class opposition in their original division. If Khan decides on dropping down to 147 – he’ll have to lose all the muscle weight, and in doing so, he’ll have to be very careful not to over exert himself. If he wants to beat Danny Garcia – he’ll need to cut weight slowly and meticulously to be at the top of his game.
But back to dreaming. Will ‘Money’ Mayweather see this as an opportunity to come back for a 50th fight to seal his legacy? Or is he comfortable being currently retired? By the looks of his instagram and money filled tables, it doesn’t look very like that Amir Khan would appeal to him – ever.