To many it is common knowledge that b
oxing is a business first and a sport second.

And the growing talk that Amir Khan will be Floyd Mayweather's next opponent proves this conviction to be unequivocally one of truth.

Boxing is a harsh and unforgiving landscape. A place where one rarely reaps what they sow.

Unless of course, their face fits into the financial picture of the promoters and television networks, whose rapacious pursuit of wealth renders such qualities as merit and virtue a redundant currency in the sport.

For if boxing was a meritocracy then Amir Khan wouldn’t even be on the shortlist of potential opponents who deserve a shot at Mayweather.

As it happens, it seems he is a shoo-in for one of the four remaining golden tickets left to face Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

In his two comeback performances since being ruthlessly exposed by Danny Garcia - a far more deserving candidate for a crack at Mayweathers crown - he has looked far from convincing against handpicked, low risk opponents.

Not exactly the form which warrants a fight against the great Floyd Mayweather for a legitimate Welterweight title, is it? He’s never even fought at 147lb.

But the power is in the eye of the beholder, and it is Floyd Mayweather's insatiable thirst for the financial reward that the fight would yield.

The figures alone are justification enough to make sure Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather promotions - aided and abetted by Showtime, obviously - will fight tooth and nail to make sure their plans to stage the fight in the UK, with Wembley being touted as the preferred venue, come to fruition.

And in spite of there being a vast array of fighters more deserving of the chance to challenge Mayweather’s supremacy, Khan is as well placed as any to make it an entertaining fight.

Paradoxically, it is the negative elements of Khan’s game as much as the positives that make him a viable preposition.

His obvious defensive frailties and questionable ability to absorb punishment lead to crowd pleasing knockdowns and knockouts.

And for all Mayweather's obvious greatness, those aforementioned features of an Amir Khan contest have not exactly been a staple of Floyd Mayweather's game in recent years.

This could all change if Mayweather was to fight Khan though - his perfectly timed counter punching could definitely put the lights out on Khan's big night.

In contrast, Khan's suspect chin could maybe survive Mayweather as he rarely ever goes for the knockout.

Instead he relies on his master defence to prevent his opponent scoring whilst his superior timing and accuracy make sure his punches equate to points on the judging score cards.

Whilst Mayweather’s punch output is extremely effective, it is also pretty economical and thus in order for his prizefights to be pleasing on the eye, his opponent must be prepared to throw a lot of punches.

History tells us that Amir Khan never has a problem letting his hands go.

It must also be admitted that Amir Khan does compare favourably in some areas to other possible Mayweather opponents, namely in speed and combination punching departments.

For all his weaknesses, Amir Khan is undoubtedly an accomplished boxer, who is more than capable of ringing off slick, lightening fast ‘punches in bunches’ combinations of decent power.

Whether they would even land on Mayweather - never mind affect him - is certainly up for debate, but they would prove pleasing on the eye and would at least add some entertainment to the fight.

On paper Khans current form does not entitle him to a crack at Mayweathers crown.

But prize fights are not fought on paper. So expect to see sporting integrity play subordinate to financial necessity when Khan and Mayweather face off in 2014.

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