Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Amir Khan v Floyd Mayweather just plain dangerous

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Amir Khan in action against Julio Diaz at Motorpoint Arena on April 27, 2013 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Amir Khan in action against Julio Diaz at Motorpoint Arena on April 27, 2013 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Now we are told that Amir Khan, having recently been required to yet again climb up from the canvas, this against a 33-year-old Mexican named Julio Diaz who has eight defeats on his record, may be just one fight away from a collision with the ageing but still masterful Floyd Mayweather.

At one point there was purportedly serious talk of Khan fighting the then withering Manny Pacquiao and this, almost criminally, was around the time the great little man so savagely separated Ricky Hatton from the last of his dreams.

It is a desperate tradition in British boxing, this cultivation of big-money fights which can have only one outcome. It is both dangerous and unseemly.