|Floyd Mayweather fighting May 5th 2012: Expect Amir Khan
By Eric Marks, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 5, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
Mayweather Jr.’s recent announcement to fight a yet to be
determined opponent on May 5th 2012 at the MGM Grand in Vegas is, well, vintage Floyd Mayweather.
His announcement has done several things: 1) Stolen the spotlight,
at least temporarily, from Manny Pacquiao as he closes in on his
November 12th bout, 2) Secured perhaps boxing’s biggest weekend in the calendar
year ( five years to the day after his signature win against Oscar De
La Hoya) before Pacquiao or a rumored to be unretiring Oscar De La
Hoya could do so, 3) Got people talking about him again given he’s
been quiet since his last fight in September, and 4) elevated public
anticipation, as doubt was setting in, that the colossal fight with
Pacquiao three or so years in the making will finally take place.
Yet for all
of Floyd’s antics and desire to be in the limelight, are we to
believe that May 5th 2012 will finally be the day for the biggest fight of our lifetime?
It’s certainly possible, but Amir Khan seems more likely.
with Khan would allow Floyd to challenge a Freddie Roach trained
fighter creating an interesting subplot and, build even greater hype
for a Fall 2012 fight with Pacquiao.
Furthermore, Khan is a very
good fighter who would be making his welterweight debut on such a
date, so in typical Floyd fashion, he would be getting a guy on the
way up before too much danger is posed, potentially spoiling Khan’s
entrance into the welterweight division. Even Khan has suggested
desiring a fight or two at welterweight prior to an encounter with
Mayweather. But in the boxing world you take the biggest fight
possible when you can get it despite your readiness, because, like
life in general, opportunity may not knock twice.
Lastly, a win
against Khan and a Pacquiao win against his likely next opponent
undefeated Timothy Bradley, would really give credence to the notion
that Floyd and Manny have truly cleaned out the divisions from junior
welterweight to junior-middleweight and, at that point, there is no
one to face but each other.
being the promoter he is, will ride this wave of build-up as far as
he can until its magnitude becomes insignificant, and 2012 is
probably about the last span of time public intrigue in such a fight
will remain immense. Not to mention, it’s unclear how much longer
either Floyd or Manny can continue to fight at such a high level.
For these reasons, if the fight happens, late 2012 appears more
probable than the latest tale of a Cinco De Mayo showdown. And if
the world ends in December 2012 as some have predicted, Floyd is sure
to go out with a bang.
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