It looks like Amir Khan and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will indeed step into the same boxing ring on the same night – just against different opponents.
Mayweather selected Marcos Maidana as his opponent for a mega pay-per-view match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 3. Khan didn’t take kindly to getting dumped and took to Twitter to trash Mayweather and his camp.
Now it looks like Khan will fight Luis Collazo in the co-feature on Mayweather-Maidana. Nirmal Lorrick, Collazo’s manager, confirmed that talks are underway and the negotiations are very promising that the fight will be made.
Lorrick and Collazo were in Puerto Rico attending the Danny Garcia-Mauricio Herrera fight that will be held at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon on Saturday night.
Leonard Ellerbe, the President of Mayweather Promotions, did not return a text message seeking comment on Friday.
If Khan does fight on the undercard it will pick up a theme that Khan first put forth and later Mayweather picked up on.
Khan tweeted on March 1: “@FloydMayweather, tell @AdrienBroner to fight me on your card and when I beat him, you fight me next!”
Mayweather answered on March 3: “I don't have an easy fight on May 3, 2014, so I can't over look @ChinoMaidana but @AmirKingKhan, if you and @AdrienBroner end up fighting…each other on my show and you win (which you won’t)... I'll fight you.’’
Now it looks like Collazo will step in for Broner, who is planning to move back down to 140 pounds after getting battered by Maidana in December. Collazo, who hails from Brooklyn, generated some heat in boxing circles when he knocked out Victor Ortiz in spectacular fashion at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Jan. 30.
Collazo recently signed an agreement to be represented by Al Haymon, the biggest power broker in boxing. Haymon also represents Mayweather.
There will be plenty of fireworks in the promotion and in the ring if Khan fights Collazo on Mayweather’s big pay per view card. Collazo, who isn’t known as a power puncher, is a crafty southpaw whose career has been marked by controversial and disappointing losses to former world champions Ricky Hatton and Andre Berto.
Khan was bitterly disappointed with not getting the Mayweather fight. He practically put his career on hold while waiting for to make the Mayweather fight. He turned down a match with Devon Alexander, who had a welterweight title at the time, because he was so confident that he was going to get the fight with Mayweather. Mayweather negotiated a contract with Khan, but Mayweather never signed the deal.
When Mayweather conducted a poll on his own website asking fans to vote for either Khan or Maidana as his next opponent, Khan won the vote. But Maidana won the vote on polls conducted on other independent websites. Mayweather said he chose Maidana because he won those polls and because he had beaten Broner so convincingly.
Now the question is whether Mayweather will fight Khan next if he beats Collazo on his undercard. With Mayweather you can’t predict exactly what he’ll do. Just asked Khan.
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