It makes you wonder who is promoting these fights.Now we have the possibility of Floyd Mayweather vs Amir Khan. It is obvious that Khan has become a money machine in spite of his questionable career. Three losses, new trainer and suspect chin as starters.
Make no mistake it is a good story. Khan an amateur sensation that was derailed by an opponent in his early professional career joined a legendary boxing trainer and marched through opponents with lightning speed. Until he stumbled in Washington DC by being to certain of his abilities. The details are easy to fill in the early opponent would have been Breidis Prescott and the coach Freddie Roach. The DC guy was Lamont Peterson in a match that changed Khans destiny to something else.
A new coach, Virgil Hunter and another defeat at the hands of Danny Garcia do not seem to be the credentials that are needed for a Mayweather fight but what do we know. We are fans.
From this point forward the story gets complicated and is rampant with good guys and bad guys none of whom are in the vicious triangle of Mayweather, Pacquiao and destiny. This is a story of greed and excessive attempts to squeeze the sponge dry. The public has suffered enough of this BS that keeps ruining the sport.
Regardless the feelings of any boxing writers association or main stream boxing publications the real problems with boxing are outside the ring. So let us return to the thrilling days of yesteryear as some TV show I think used to say and start to tell the truth.
That was the sublime.
You had undercards that were worthy of something. The fights were televised and you did not need cable TV. You saw some of the greatest matches of all time and not mismatches between highly vested and financed up and coming stars that fight paper champions and has beens.
What are the right matches?
One superstar vs a bum or another fighter that has been built up through publicity or hype by talented marketing gurus that sit by the computer watching feedback from their statistics. Or the best of all, past champions that are no longer a danger to anyone but themselves.
That is the ridiculous.
In the middle of it all is the fan who only wants to be entertained for an evening and still buy groceries the next day.
While the greed keeps pushing the envelope further and further out. The sound barrier has long ago been broken but apparently the promoters do not know this yet. So why Khan vs Mayweather and Marcos Maidana is waiting in the wings?
Which always works when well crafted venues and fight cards are constructed and something less palatable proves worth a try. Why not Maidana followed by Pacquiao the public has been marketed to sleep with the buildup of phony contenders by the writing public. The promoters know that nothing sells tickets like a good story. The newspapers are where they can be found and only the final act of defiance can stop the runaway train.
Mayweather vs Maidana next and let circumstance decide if Pacquiao will ever happen.