Mayweather: Khan Up Next Then Pacman Despite Rant

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Word out of Vegas is that Floyd Mayweather has Amir Khan up next, then despite his recent rant, he fully intends to give Pacman the rematch he originally offered in a tweet to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN. Much has been made of his post-tweet reversal, but as insiders indicate, things change quickly when the prospects of another Powerball-esque windfall are at stake.

Immediately after the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight Khan claims that Money’s manager approached him and told him that the self-styled best-ever was interested in a September bout. A September bout was dubious from the beginning as many assumed that Ramadan, Islam’s yearly fasting ritual, would get in the way. Khan however indicated that if the fight is held in mid-September he would have time to finish up his fasting rituals and still remain strong enough to get in eight weeks of training prior to the fight.

The Money Team likes the prospects of a Mayweather-Khan fight as they see Khan as having a massive PPV upside. While not well-known in the United States, he has a huge international and British following. Just as Pacquiao brought a sizable Filipino contingent to the table, so likewise does Khan bring in massive interest from British and Muslim communities. This together with the fact that Khan is charismatic, is a talker and has a compelling back story, serves a prospective promotion well.

Another plus for Khan is his association with advisor Al Haymon. In keeping the fight “in-house” Haymon is able to keep the profit margin high as well as heighten Khan’s profile for the post Mayweather era. Many in the boxing community, including the well-respected Showtime boxing commentator and former IBF Light Welterweight and WBA Welterweight Champion Paulie Malignaggi, as well as Showtime’s Al Bernstein see Khan as having a very good chance of not only being highly competitive, but perhaps pulling off the upset.

While Mayweather is lining Khan up next, then, despite what his recent anti-Pacman rant might suggest, he has every intention of giving Pacquiao the rematch. While Mayweather is indeed miffed at Pacquiao’s use of his injured rotator cuff as an excuse, going so far as to call Pac a coward, with the recent news that PPV sales could reach well over five million buys, his private feelings and rhetoric have changed considerably. In fact, his recent rant is seen by Team Mayweather and those that know him best as the beginning of the Mayweather-Pacquiao II promotional drive.

One of the reasons the MayPac fight did so well, was the constant appearance of denial, obfuscation and character attacks directed against Pacquiao and his management team. Money’s constant demeaning of Pacquiao as a viable opponent got under the public’s skin and instead of killing interest in the fight it raised not only the public’s ire, but the potential fight’s profile. If the five million plus number holds true both fighters could conceivably end up with close to twice the originally projected payout. These are the kinds of numbers that get Money May’s attention.

For those keen for a second fight, the PPV numbers essentially seal the deal. Despite Mayweather’s rant against Pacman recent news out of Vegas suggests that Khan, if victorious against Chris Algieri, is next up then Pacman will follow in May of 2016. A second win against Pacquiao will send Money May into retirement with his long sought-after 50-0 record. For some, given the difficulty encountered in setting up the first fight, news of a second Pac fight will come with suspicion. For others who know Money’s modus operandi, a Mayweather-Pacquiao II fight is destined to happen. As Bob Arum reminds the public, all that needs to be worked out is Pacquiao’s injury healing in timely fashion and for all the original negotiating teams to simply do what they have done before.

Commentary By Matthew R. Fellows

Sources:
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8 Responses to "Mayweather: Khan Up Next Then Pacman Despite Rant"

  1. bob   May 11, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Wins against people like Khan is the checked box Mayweather needs in order to give credit to his dubious CV. If he can win against Pac & Khan – without running like a chicken inside the ring – he will get to his 50-0 with some weight to it. Also meeting Khan before Pacman gives the pacman rematch deeper weight and hence more money than simply meeting Pacman again in fall straightaway. It makes sense.

    Mayweather should seriously consider Dubai. They could sell floor seats for just about anything.

    But I doubt Floyd dares to meet Khan.

    ps. I do not understand the line in the article that says people dont know Khan in the US. Every single boxing fan on the planet knows his name. PPV 99.5 dollars PPV wasnt sold to housemoms but to real boxing fans so Floyd vs Khan will sell more than rematch vs Pacman as people were disappointed by the first match. First Khan, the rematch vs pac will generate most money for everyone for sure.

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  2. pedro balitaan   May 10, 2015 at 2:04 am

    yes please no rematch, just play basetball. its better,

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  3. Joey   May 10, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I still think Pacquiao is an awesome fighter. He just needs to be in the ring against someone who is willing to throw punches at him as well. Is he more cautious and less wild than before? Sure he is. But he’s also much older. There’s no realistic way he could’ve kept up his go-for-broke style into his mid 30’s. Does that mean that he’s not deserving of big fights? Heck no. He still matches up great against a whole bunch of younger and up coming boxers (Matthyse, Danny Garcia, Khan, Maidana, Mikey Garcia, Jessie Vargas, Kell Brook, Keith Thurman, or Terrence Crawford). Would those fights be difficult? Some would be, definitely. Would you really bet against Pacquiao if took on any of these guys? You could, but there’s a pretty good chance that you would lose that bet. And you would probably be satisfied regardless of the result because most of those fights would have some pretty action.

    One or two more fights, Pacman, against some of these young guns.

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  4. AJIL SUANCO   May 9, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    HAHAHA!!!! I JUST WANT TO ADVISE ALL BOXING FANS ALL OVER THIS WORLD, WE CAN’T SEE A BETTER BOXING NOR GREAT BOXING IF MAYWEATHER IS THE MAN IN THE RING BECAUSE WE NOW BADLY KNEW HIS GAME, TRULY HE IS NOT A TRUE BOXER, HE IS THE (TBE-THE BORING EVER IN BOXING HISTORY) PLUS HIS BAD VALUES…HE IS JUST A TRYING HARD BOXER WITH THE FULL SUPPORT OF NSAC AND HIS MONKEY TEAM. HE IS JUST A SIMPLE BUSINESSMAN IN THE RING. SO THE NEXT LAST TWO FIGHTS OF THIS MAYWEATHER I THINK WE BETTER TURN OUR EYES AND MONEY TO OTHER THINGS. WE BETTER WATCH BASKETBALL IF MAYWEATHER IS IN THE RING. WE’LL JUST LOST OUR MONEY FOR THIS TBE-THE BORING EVER.. PLEASE WATCH THE MAYPAC IN NO AUDIO AND SLOMO AND IM SURE THE RESULT IS CLEAR THAT ITS THE REVERSED OF THE JUDGES INKED.

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  5. buraot   May 9, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Seems to me that the author is just speculating instead of getting some facts. There’s not even a quote from any reliable source.

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  6. gil cordis   May 9, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Enter your comment here…It’s not interesting, Floyd must quit boxing, he better be in athletics, sprint. or ballroom dancing.

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  7. Niel   May 9, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    l say Pacquiao should retire. He may never fight the same way again after the surgery. He has considerably lost his killer instinct eversince he became a born again christian, right before Bradley 1 fight. Therefore, he cannot beat the dirty fighter Mayweather, especially the “roided” Mayweather. Pacquiao, no rematch please!!! Just retire. You no longer fit to be a prizefighter.

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    • james mccain   May 10, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Pacman’s killer instinct was there that kept mayrunner running around and covering his face. Manny was a born again killer even with a broken right arm.

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