Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will announce their next opponents at some point over the next few weeks. The latter is rumored to be looking into a bout against one-time rising star, Amir Khan. The former is supposedly considering a fifth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, a second one versus Timothy Bradley, or one opposite Ruslan Provodnikov.
While all of those matches, with the exception of Pacquiao-Provodnikov, sound good in theory, there is obviously a better one available: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.
Pacquiao is coming off a win. Mayweather is coming off a win. Khan doesn’t have the sort of mainstream appeal Mayweather needs to eclipse 1.1 million PPV buys. Same goes for Bradley in Pacquiao’s case. Marquez, in theory, can provide Pacquiao with the sort of commercially viable bout that would make passing on Mayweather understandable, however, he has expressed zero interest in the idea thus far.
Recently, Mayweather spoke with Chris Robinson regarding the likelihood of his next fight being against Khna.
“I never know who I’m going to fight,” he said. “I leave that up to my team.”
However, he added: “Whoever it’s going to be, I truly believe we’re going to do good numbers. Because once it gets to this level it’s a business.”
In theory, sure. But if that’s the case, then why didn’t the Robert Guerrero fight numbers live up to expectations?
“Amir Khan, I think he’s a young, strong champion,” Mayweather said. “I call all these guys champions. I call them champions because even when they get knocked down they get back up and give it their best.”
Make no mistake about it, Pacquiao and his team hear Mayweather building up Khan. They hear the rumors of him being next up for a fight, too. However, it’s worth remembering that Mayweather’s team built up the idea of a Devon Alexander fight much in the same way. They then used that for negotiating leverage.
Here is to hoping that this Khan thing is the same sort of ploy.