MANILA, Philippines – Showtime boxing analyst Al Bernstein believes British boxer Amir “King” Khan will be the next opponent of pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. because of his marketable qualities as well as his considerable boxing skills.
Khan has been rumored to be Mayweather’s opponent for his May 2014 fight, although the unbeaten American has yet not confirmed it.
“Khan probably got this fight in many respects because he’s a marketable opponent,” Bernstein said in an interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio.
“Part of this is commerce, obviously, and I guess Amir Khan brings a certain element to this fight,” he added.
Bernstein noted that a Mayweather fight is usually good for at least 900,000 pay-per-view (PPV) buys, but an opponent like Khan can push the PPV to another level in terms of buys.
Moreover, Khan is the kind of opponent who can make a Mayweather fight interesting, according to Bernstein.
“The other thing about Amir Khan… is that he brings a different dimension to this fight. He brings the chin issue, because he’s been hurt before, but then Floyd Mayweather is not a monstrous puncher,” he notes. “He’s a good puncher, but not a monstrous puncher.”
“What Amir Khan also brings to the fight is more hand speed, foot speed, and pure boxing ability than probably a number of Mayweather opponent has had in recent times,” he added.
Khan is coming off back-to-back victories against Julio Diaz and Carlos Molina, although he was far from impressive in both fights.