LAS VEGAS – Amir Khan’s match against Luis Collazo on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana mega show at the MGM Grand on Saturday night was supposed to be audition for a shot at Mayweather in the future.
Khan dropped Collazo three times and boxed brilliantly on the way to a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision. It was an superb performance for Khan’s first time fighting at welterweight and after a 12-month layoff.
When asked what he thought about Khan’s performance and whether Khan was in line to be his next opponent, Mayweather completely ignored the question and started talking about something else. It was the second time that Mayweather has snubbed Khan in such an obvious manner.
Mayweather, the WBA and WBC welterweight champion, decided to bypass Khan and selected Maidana as his opponent for his big Pay Per View show in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Khan had already defeated Maidana, dropping him in the first round with a body shot and then going on to win a 12-round unanimous decision. Mayweather never hurt Maidana, let alone drop him, and went on to win a 12-round majority decision on Saturday night.
“Floyd looked great as always,’’ Khan said. “If you look at the way that I fought Maidana and the way Floyd fought Maidana you can see the difference. We bring something else to the table. Speed. I’m bigger than Floyd. Explosiveness. I think I bring power to the table. I think we bring the whole package.’’
Khan spoke to the media a few minutes before Mayweather came to the post fight press conference with an entourage that looked like a small army. Khan said he thought he did enough against Collazo to merit a match against Mayweather.
“If it happens it happens. People know when I fought Maidana how convincing it was. Styles make fight. The speed, explosiveness that I have would make for a good fight. I’d love the fight with Floyd, if it happens it happens,’’ Khan said.
Khan said Mayweather looks like he is showing signs of age because he wasn’t moving as much and he stood and traded with Maidana. Mayweather said he did that to give the fans an exciting fight.
“If I had moved and boxed him, he would have won a single round and everybody would have said it was just another boring Mayweather fight,’’ Mayweather said.
One major problem standing in the way of the fight, other than Mayweather’s reluctance, is that Khan will be celebrating in Ramadan. He said he can’t train properly because he will be fasting. He said if Mayweather could move the fight to November it would be perfect. Khan shouldn’t hold his breathe on that because Mayweather likes to fight in Las Vegas in September to coincide with Mexican Independence Day.
His next shot is May, but that is Cinco de Mayo and Mayweather likes to fight opponents of Mexican heritage to attract their fans to Las Vegas.
In the parlance of Las Vegas, Khan may have rolled snake eyes on his attempt to ever get a fight with Mayweather.
Mayweather said he didn’t know who his next opponent would be. The only thing that Leonard Ellerbe, president of Mayweather Promotions, would say is that Khan is on the list along with a host of other possible opponents, including WBO welterweight Keith Thurman and IBF champion Shawn Porter.
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, said he was pleased with Khan’s performance against Collazo and thought it had firmly placed Khan in the welterweight championship mix with possible matches against Thurman and Porter in the future. Schaefer said he will continue to try to get Khan the fight with Mayweather.
“I know that this is a fight that Khan wants and I will work hard to try to help him realize his dream,’’ Schaefer said.