With the news that Amir Khan, 27, is to fight on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana bill, is 'money' still on the mind?
Khan has put his career on hold since April of last year when he came through a tough test against Julio Diaz at Sheffield's Motor Point Arena. Khan had the opportunity to fight for a world title in December against the then IBF champion Devon Alexander but was advised not to take fight.
Khan was advised not to take the fight as the fight with Mayweather was seemingly in the bag and fighting Alexander would put that fight at risk. As it stands, Mayweather has chosen to fight Adrien Broner victor Marcos Maidana on May 3rd.
This has left Khan inactive for nearly 12 months and with no shot at the pound for pound king. Instead Khan is faced with a tricky test against 32-year-old Luis Collazo. Collazo is fresh from knocking Victor Ortiz out in the second round in their January fight and provides a stern test for the Bolton man.
Khan, as mentioned previously, is to appear on the undercard of the bill which he had hoped to be headlining against Mayweather and appears to be looking beyond Collazo.
Although Khan says he is fully concentrating on Collazo and what he needs to do to win, he is still talking about Floyd Mayweather.
Khan keeps on mentioning phone call conversations he has had with Mayweather and that he still wants to fight Mayweather. Perhaps Khan should keep his mind on the job because in the past he has been caught out when looking too far ahead.
Losses to the likes of Peterson and Garcia have come when Khan has talked about future big fights against Mayweather, Hopefully Khan has learned his lesson and is as he says fully focused on the job in hand.
This will be Khan's first fight up at Welterweight and he is going in with a dangerous opponent. This will really tell us where Khan stands at 147 pounds going forward. It will make fascinating viewing to see how Khan settles at the weight and just how much he has changed since working with Virgil Hunter.
He has had a good few training camps with Virgil since he last entered the ring and perhaps he will reap the rewards of this link-up now. Khan is offensively very exciting with blistering hand-speed but he has always been defensively vulnerable. Hopefully his defensive shakiness has been worked on and we will see a more solid base to attack from.
With a record of 28 wins and three losses, Khan has to win this fight if he is to stand a chance of fighting Mayweather before he retires. Khan has to be fully motivated going into this fight and he needs to be on top of his game if he is to come through successfully on the night.
Is Khan overlooking Collazo and still fixated on Mayweather?
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