Having watched his dream fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. disappear over the precipice into the arms of his gleeful gymmate Andre Berto, Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KO’s) is making more noise as he pursues another pound-for-pound great in Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO’s).
Mayweather and Berto will fight on September 12th, and Khan has stated his intention to fight later this year, perhaps sometime in November. He is on a decent run having won his last five in a row, but looked slightly ruffled when faced with the aggressive efforts of Chris Algieri last May, though there was no controversy over the unanimous decision victory in his favour.
Now, he is looking for that marquee name so desperately lacking from his welterweight resume and has the ‘Pacman’ -a former teammate of his under Freddie Roach- as his prime target.
In a recent interview with Dubai 103.8 later reported on Sky Sports, he gave a rough outline of the tactics he would choose to implement should the fight come through, drawing influence from Mayweather’s win over Pacquiao in May.
“To win a fight against someone like Pacquiao, the key is speed, movement and distance, and that’s how Mayweather beat him.”
“Floyd beat him by being sneaky, and he made it look so easy.”
“If you stick to the same gameplan that Mayweather used, then it’s an all-day win for me.”
With Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum apparently willing to entertain this match-up for his longstanding cash cow, it appears to be a realistic possibility for the near future. However, Khan should take the lessons he learned from his Mayweather debacle to stay any over-eagerness he feels creeping over him.
His comments are already sounding a little bit too familiar.
“Yes, I think the fight can happen.”
“If it makes sense financially for both of us, then I think the fight will definitely happen.”
“I think it makes sense for both of us to take it.”