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Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather: The Amir Khan Dilemma

| by Alex Groberman

Trying to get Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight one another is like trying to get kids to do their homework. They know it has to be done eventually. They know everyone expects them to do it. And they know that doing it actually benefits them. But man, if you give them any opportunity at all to procrastinate, they will absolutely jump at it.

And that's what makes this whole Amir Khan-Mayweather-Pacquiao triangle slightly complicated.

As we noted a long time ago on Opposing Views, Khan has his sights set on fighting Mayweather at some point in the foreseeable future. While his attention is presently on Lamont Peterson, long-term, he thinks that Mayweather owes him a fight. Presuming he’s able to avenge last December’s surprising loss this May, all signs point to him eventually aiming to take down the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

During a recent interview with Joaquin Henson, Khan’s uncle and manager indicated this much. Per the piece:

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“Maybe after one or two more fights, Amir will move up (in weight) but he’ll never fight Manny,” Tahir told the Philippine Star. “Mayweather is more realistic if Amir continues winning and the fight could happen in 2013.”

The problem with Khan chasing Mayweather is that, no matter what, it hurts Pacquiao. If Mayweather agrees to fight Khan, then there are only two possible outcomes:

1. He beats Khan in a highly-anticipated showdown, makes a lot of money, reaffirms his place as boxing’s best and says he doesn’t need to prove anything against Pacquiao.

2. He loses to Khan, instantly kills Pacquiao’s big payday and also wrecks any reason for the dream match to happen.

Beyond those two options, a fight versus Khan would just delay the possibility of Mayweather taking on Pacquiao by another six months – at the minimum.

So what does all this mean? It means that, while a bout between Mayweather and Khan would actually be really cool for the fans, it would be absolutely terrible for Pacquiao in every imaginable way.

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